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final image Tragic pensioner caught on camera just hours before he was murdered in brutal axe attack

Yesterday, George’s best friend and neighbour Terry Murphy said the 77-year-old always left his front door unlatched – meaning the person who killed him would have been able to just walk into the flat.

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The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

The last known image of Kwok Ping Cheng just hours before his brutal murder

THIS is the last known image of the pensioner found brutally murdered in a horror axe attack at his Dublin city flat this week – recorded on the day of his murder.

CCTV captured Hong Kong native Kwok Ping Cheng, known to friends as ‘Chinese George,’ walking from his flat in Robinson’s Court shortly after noon on Wednesday – less than 24 hours before his bloodied body would be discovered by a care worker in his flat.

The Sunday World understands gardaí are investigating also whether CCTV captured the moment George’s killer dropped the murder weapon as he fled the ground floor flat in the aftermath of the killing..

Yesterday, George’s best friend and neighbour Terry Murphy said the 77-year-old always left his front door unlatched – meaning the person who killed him would have been able to just walk into the flat.

“Everyone called him ‘Chinese George’,” a distraught Terry told the Sunday World.

“He was my best friend … people called us the odd couple because he was Chinese and I’m Irish.

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 Terry Murphy, the best friend and neighbour of murdered Kwok Ping Cheng

Terry Murphy, the best friend and neighbour of murdered Kwok Ping Cheng

Terry Murphy, the best friend and neighbour of murdered Kwok Ping Cheng

“He used to call in here for a drink with me and would always ask me whether I wanted anything from the shops.

“He was here on Wednesday the day before the murder and he was in great form.

“Poor George, he never did anyone any harm. He used leave the front door open and I’d just walk in and call ‘George’ and if he was there I’d go into him.”

Kwok, or George, was found dead, his remains covered in blood, by a care worker who visited his apartment in Robinson’s Court, off Dublin’s Cork Street, on Thursday morning.

Gardaí believed he had been struck in the head and body with an axe.

It’s understood there was no sign of a forced entry and investigators believe George’s apartment door was unlocked.

The Sunday World further understands that the axe used in the killing is thought to have been dropped by the killer, at the rear railings leading out of the block.

George had a wife and son also living in Ireland, but sources say he had not been in contact with them for a number of years.

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Gardaí made contact with these family members on Friday.

Another neighbour said George had lived in Robinson’s Court for at least 10 years.

“He was here years before I got here and I came here seven or eight years ago,” the neighbour said.

“He came here after the British handed Hong Kong back to the Chinese.

“George liked a drink and he would often have people come in to there to have a drink with him. I last saw George the day before he was found.”

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Garda forensic officers at the scene of the brutal killing

Garda forensic officers at the scene of the brutal killing

Garda forensic officers at the scene of the brutal killing

Asked whether people in Robinson’s Court were worried that the person who killed George is still on the loose, the neighbour replied: “Well, I certainly am.

“This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in here.”

Robinson Court was the scene of two previous killings.

In 2016, Anthony Rogers, a 61-year-old wheelchair user was stabbed to death at his home in the complex.

In 2006, the body of Vincent Plunkett (80) was discovered in his flat in Robinson Court by a home-help worker. He had suffered severe knife injuries to his throat.

A man was later charged with the murder but died before standing trial.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information on the murder of George to come forward, particularly those in or passing by the Robinson’s Court area of Cork Street between 6pm on Wednesday and 11am on Thursday.

Anyone with information can call Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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