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Tristan Kirk

Suspected killer of disabled pensioner Thomas O’Halloran, 87, denies Greenford murder

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death on his mobility scooter

(Picture: PA Wire)

The alleged killer of an 87-year-old pensioner who was stabbed to death while on his mobility scooter has denied murder.

Lee Byer, 44, is accused of attacking grandfather Thomas O’Halloran in broad-daylight near to the A40 in Greenford, west London on August 16, allegedly inflicting stab wounds to his chest and neck.

Police were alerted by a member of the public who had found the badly injured victim travelling in his scooter from a passageway that runs between Runneymede Gardens and Welland Gardens at around 4pm.

A 999 call was placed shortly after 4pm, after Mr O’Halloran revealed he had been stabbed repeatedly.

Tributes to Thomas O’Halloran left in Greenford (PA Wire)

The pensioner collapsed at the scene as police and paramedics were called, and he was pronounced dead at 4.54pm.

Byer, from Southall, west London, was arrested on August 18, and subsequently charged with Mr O’Halloran’s murder.

At the Old Bailey on Friday, Byer, of no fixed address, pleaded not guilty to murder and possession of a large knife.


Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, set a pre-trial hearing for February 13 next year.

He was remanded in custody until a three-week trial which is due to start on May 2 next year.

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