Thomas O’Halloran: Family ‘completely stunned’ by his ‘senseless’ death

Thomas O’Halloran: Family ‘completely stunned’ by his ‘senseless’ death

Thomas O’Halloran: Family ‘completely stunned’ by his ‘senseless’ death

Thomas O'Halloran.  See the history of SWNS SWBNstab3.  Detectives investigating the murder of an 87-year-old grandfather in Ealing have released footage of a man who was seen fleeing the scene armed with a knife.  Police were called at 4.06pm on Tuesday 16th August to Runnymede Gardens, junction with Cayton Road, Greenford to receive reports of a man with stab wounds.  Officers responded and provided emergency first aid until the arrival of London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance.  Despite the best efforts of emergency services, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.  He has been named as Thomas O'Halloran, who lived in the Greenford area.  His family has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers.

Thomas O’Halloran’s brother and nephew described him as a “kind and gentle” man (Image: Met Police/SWNS)

The family of Thomas O’Halloran, 87, who was stabbed to death on his mobility scooter, have spoken of his “total numbness” after his “absolutely senseless” death.

Mr O’Halloran, originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare in the west of Ireland, died after being stabbed in the chest in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.

His brother and nephew described him as a “kind and gentle” man.

They said his family and the wider community were devastated by his murder.

The pensioner is survived by his family, including his sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews.

A man charged with the murder of Mr O’Halloran has been taken into custody.

Lee Byer, 44, appeared in Willesden Magistrates Court on Friday.

Elizabeth Cook's court artist's sketch of Lee Byer, 44, of Southall, west London, who appeared at Willesden Magistrates' Court, northwest London, in connection with the murder of Thomas O' Halloran, 87, who was stabbed to death as he rode his mobility scooter in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday.  Picture date: Friday August 19, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story COURTS Greenford.  Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire

Court Artist’s Sketch of Lee Byer at Willesden Magistrates Court (Image: PA)

Mr O’Halloran’s younger brother, George, told the Daily Mail: “Tommy was a kind and gentle man.

“He was a very kind person who got along with anyone. This was a terrible thing that happened.

Mr O’Halloran left Ireland as a teenager in the 1950s and immigrated to the UK with eight siblings.

He was born into a large family and lived in a small thatched cottage on the outskirts of Ennistymon.

His brother said: ‘He left Ennistymon 70 years ago to find better opportunities in London. But he came back every year.

‘He loved playing music. He didn’t drink or smoke, but he could sit in a bar all night with a bottle of Coke and listen to the band play.

Handout screenshot taken from a video with permission from the Facebook page of Kieran McKenna of Thomas O'Halloran, 87, on his mobility scooter playing the accordion outside Tesco, Perival, west London.  Mr O'Halloran, who was driving a mobility scooter on Cayton Road, Greenford, west London, when he was stabbed to death on Tuesday.  Picture date: Wednesday August 17, 2022. PA Photo.  Metropolitan Police officers were called at 4:06pm Tuesday to Cayton Road, Greenford, with reports of a man suffering from stab wounds and, despite efforts by paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.  See PA story POLICE Greenford.  Photo credit should read: Kieran McKenna /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people pictured or facts mentioned in caption of photo.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Handout screenshot of Thomas O’Halloran, 87, on his mobility scooter playing the accordion outside Tesco, Perival, west London (Image: PA)

George O’Halloran said that he and his siblings grew up in humble circumstances without electricity or running water, but that their parents gave them a love of life.

‘Our father Thomas and our mother loved music. So we grew up listening to music. That’s where Tommy got his love for music,” he added.

George’s son and Thomas O’Halloran’s nephew, Thomas O’Halloran Jr., told Irish broadcaster RTE: “It’s a complete numbing loss of our uncle.”

“It has been horrendous, absolutely terrifying that something like this could happen to such a gentle and kind person.”

Mr O’Halloran said his uncle was “always loving, always generous”.

He added: ‘Great musical talent, just a good person who always went out of his way to give back to everyone around him. He is the type of person who would take his shirt off himself.

Mr O’Halloran Jnr added: “At that stage in someone’s life, reaching 87 is a feat in itself, but being tragically taken from your direct family and your extended family here in Ireland, makes no sense.” . Absolutely pointless.

“The violence, apparently for no particular reason, that has completely shocked us all. It’s numbing, it’s unbearable to think about it.

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