Police charge Brentford man, 37, with murder and attempted murder after bystander, 20 is stabbed to death and a pensioner, 84, left fighting for her life in hospital
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.
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.
Betty, affectionately known as ‘Betty Boo’ to all her friends, has lived in Brentford all her adult life and was a barmaid at four local pubs before she retired.
She 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.
Her eldest daughter, Bridget, 60, 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.’
Ali’s family did not want to comment when approached.
Bridget added: ‘I knew him and his mother. They are a very good family.’