A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a double stabbing in Brentford in west London on Friday.
Norris Henry, 37, has been charged with the murder of Ali Abucar Ali, 20, and the attempted murder of Betty Walsh, 84.
Henry is scheduled to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 15.
Police said the woman remained in a serious condition in hospital with injuries assessed as not life-threatening.
Betty’s family said the pensioner is no longer on the ‘critical’ list after undergoing a kidney operation following the horrific attack.
She was well enough to ask her family last night’s score from England’s 5-0 thrashing of Albania.
They said it was too early to say when she will be allowed to leave St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Ali Abucar Ali, 20, was found dead by police and paramedics after they were called to reports of a stabbing on Albany Parade at 8pm yesterday evening
Betty Walsh, suffered multiple stab wounds outside Brentford kebab shop Best Kebab and Fish Bar on Albany Parade
Police at the scene in Albany Parade in Brentford, where Ali Abucar Ali was killed and pensioner Betty Walsh is in a critical condition in Paddington Hospital
The 20-year-old victim, Mr Ali, was described as a hardworking man who had recently won a scholarship after he died jumping to Betty’s defence.
The Mail on Sunday today reported that one bystander said: ‘I was going to get a kebab but when I went out, I saw the police arrive. The boy was on the floor covered in blood and they were trying to give CPR, but he could not be saved.’
Ali’s mother had rushed to comfort Betty’s family before she got the devastating news from police that her son had been knifed to death.
Last night, her eldest daughter Bridget, 60, said: ‘She didn’t realise she had been punched and didn’t realise she had been stabbed until someone came out to help her.
‘Ali went up and asked what all the commotion was about, challenged her attacker and tried to help her. What happened to him next was a tragedy.’
A crowdfunding page established in memory of Ali had raised more than £7,000 last night.
A friend wrote on the page: ‘The most caring, humble, funniest young man, Don’t have a single memory of him without seeing his amazing smile.’
Another wrote: ‘I am grieving for the loss of this heroic young man who could have saved himself if he hadn’t gone ahead to defend a lady in danger.
‘What a star – shining in heaven now. Allah rest his soul and give succour to his poor family. RIP.’
Marie Walsh, who described herself as Betty’s daughter, said: ‘This lad is a hero – he died trying to save our mum. Rest in peace.’
A local resident said: ‘I heard about how the boy went to help the old lady from a friend.
‘He was a hero. What he did was so honourable, and it is such a shame he died.’
Betty has been described as a ‘rock’ for her three sons and three daughters after her husband died more than 30 years ago.
Now she also has 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.
Bridget said: ‘Everyone knew mum. She has lived in Brentford for 60 years.
‘She was lively and fit, she walked every day and was a strong woman and went out shopping a lot – she wasn’t frail at all.
‘She was football-mad and Brentford FC-mad.
The double stabbing happened on Albany Parade in Brentford on Friday. Police are investigating what happened on Friday
Flowers at the scene in Albany Parade, Brentford, where the knife attack unfolded last night under cover of darkness
The crimescene was being guarded by officers today as they collected evidence on the attack in Brentford
‘She worked in four pubs and worked really hard.
‘Sadly, her husband died more than 30 years ago so she brought us all up by herself and was the rock of the family.
‘This will probably have shaken her up quite a lot.
‘After her operation she was able to talk to us on the phone and was asking about the football score this morning.
‘Last night I got back from work and was told “mum’s been stabbed.” I was so scared and in complete shock.
‘I am just glad she is alive.
‘We just want to thank the police and all the neighbours who helped our mum.
‘They were there instantly and kept us informed. They are heroes.
‘We are praying our mum makes a full and speedy recovery.’
Bridget added: ‘I knew him and his mother. They are a very good family.’
Source: Daily Mail UK