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.
Norris Henry is listed to appear before Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on Monday, November 15.
Police said the woman remained in a serious condition in hospital with injuries assessed as not life-threatening.
Betty Walsh’s family said the pensioner is no longer on the critical list after undergoing a kidney operation following the horrific attack, and she was well enough to ask her family about the 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.
The 20-year-old martyr, Mr Ali, was described as a hardworking man who’d recently won a scholarship after he died jumping to Betty Walsh’s defence.
A newspaper outlet reported that one witness said that they were going to get a kebab when they went out and saw the police arrive. The boy was on the floor drenched in blood and they were trying to give CPR, but he couldn’t be saved.
Mr Ali’s mother had rushed to comfort Betty Walsh’s family before she got the devastating news from police that her son had been stabbed to death.
Eldest daughter Bridget, 60, said she didn’t realise she’d been punched and didn’t realise she’d been stabbed until someone came to help her.
She said that Ali went up to ask what all the disturbance was about, challenged her assailant and tried to help her, but what occurred to him next was a tragedy.
A crowdfunding page has been established in memory of Ali and has raised approximately £7,000.
A friend wrote on the page that Ali was the most caring, humble, funniest of young men and that they don’t have a single vision of him without seeing his amazing smile.
Another wrote that they were grieving for the loss of this brave young man who could have saved himself if he hadn’t gone ahead to defend a woman in danger and that he was a star, shining in heaven now.
Marie Walsh, who described herself as Betty’s daughter, said that the lad was a hero and that he died trying to protect their mum and that he should rest in peace.