A man has denied fatally injuring an elderly Irishman in his mobility scooter in London.
ee Byer, 44, pleaded not guilty to the August 16 murder of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran in Greenford, west London.
Mr O’Halloran, a grandfather well known in the local community, collapsed from his mobility scooter outside Runnymede Gardens after being repeatedly stabbed.
Police were alerted by a member of the public who had driven the seriously injured victim out of a passageway between Runneymede Gardens and Welland Gardens in his scooter around 4pm.
Mr O’Halloran was able to tell the passer-by that he had been stabbed, although wounds were clearly visible on his body.
When officers arrived minutes later, he had collapsed and was being supported by members of the public.
Police and paramedics administered first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:54 p.m.
A post-mortem found he sustained multiple stab wounds to his neck, chest and abdomen.
Byer, who is of no fixed address, was charged on August 19 with the murder of Mr O’Halloran and possession of a large knife.
At a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Byer was in the dock when he pleaded not guilty to both counts.
The accused, who is in custody, face a trial of up to three weeks from May 2nd.
Judge Mark Lucraft KC scheduled a pretrial hearing for February 13 next year.
Mr O’Halloran, originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare, was a passionate musician and was described as “very popular” in Greenford, often busking for charity.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/man-denies-stabbing-death-of-london-irish-man-thomas-ohalloran-87-in-mobility-scooter-42207986.html Man denies the death of London-Irish Thomas O’Halloran (87) in a mobility scooter