Irishman knifed to death in his home in London

John Martin
John Martin

An Irish kidney donor was stabbed to death at his home in London over the weekend.

The victim, named by police as John Martin (41) from Co Meath, was killed in the early hours of Sunday in the suburb of Kingsbury after a suspected altercation with a neighbour.

A 38-year-old man has been charged with his murder. Darryn Madigan (38) of Doreen Avenue appeared in custody at Hendon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Mr Martin had just returned from a night at a local bar with his girlfriend when he became involved in the altercation.

Reports have suggested his devastated partner witnessed the attack.

Friends in London told the Irish Daily Mail that the carpenter donated a kidney after he heard about an appeal from a woman he had never met.

He spotted the advert, was taken by her story and after having himself checked to see if he could be a match, he underwent the surgery to have one of his kidneys removed and it was donated to her, saving her life.

His parents GAA referee Noel and mother Mary, from St Mary's, Donore were last night being comforted by John's sisters Paula, Margaret and Theresa.

Local councillor Sharon Keogan (Ind), from nearby Duleek, Co. Meath, told the Irish Daily Mail: '"The family are completely devastated by the news.

"They are distraught. They still don't know all the details of what happened."

She added: "As a community, our hearts go out to the family at this terrible time. It is especially difficult for them given the circumstances and the fact that they will have to wait weeks, possibly longer for the return of John's body."

A spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police said: "Officers investigating the murder of a man in Kingsbury have named the victim as John Martin, 41, who lived in Kingsbury but was originally from Ireland.

"Detectives investigating his death, which happened on Sunday, 7 August, charged a man with his murder on Monday, 8 August.

"Darryn Madigan, 38 (18.6.78) of Doreen Avenue appeared in custody at Hendon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 9 August.

"He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 10 August."