Pictured: Fatally stabbed hero who tried to save gran - as man, 37, is charged

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Pictured: Fatally stabbed hero who tried to save gran - as man, 37, is charged

The hero who stepped in and try to save a gran after she was attacked by a knifeman has been named locally as Ali Abucar Ali.

Mr Ali, 20, was fatally stabbed on Friday night in Brentford in a bid to protect Betty Walsh, 84.

Norris Henry, 37, has been charged with the murder of Mr Ali and the attempted murder of Ms Walsh after both were stabbed in the incident, the Met said in a statement.

Henry is scheduled to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 15.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Officers were called to Albany Parade in Brentford on Friday evening where they found the two victims suffering from stab injuries.

Police said Mr Ali was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was taken to hospital where she remains in a serious condition in hospital with injuries assessed as not life-threatening.

A gofundme page has been set up by Ali’s family.

The page reads: “On Friday the 12th of November we lost a son, a brother and a friend. Our beloved brother Ali has returned to our lord, May all forgive him for his sins.

“The most caring, humble, funniest young man, Don’t have a single memory of him without seeing his amazing smile.”

Ms Walsh worked for many years at The Griffin pub.

Manager Gerhard Peleschka described her as a “Brentford legend”.

He said: “Betty used to work here on match days during the busiest times.

“She was here until 1978, she was the best barmaid you’d ever meet.

“She knew everyone, everyone loved her. People knew her for years and years, she’s a Brentford legend.

“What happened yesterday is just so tragic, because she is so well-known.”

He said Ms Walsh, originally from Ireland, is a mother of seven.

She is “fit as a fiddle”, he said, adding: “It just blows your mind what happened to her.”

On Saturday Ms Walsh’s grandson left a bouquet of flowers at the scene.

One of her sons, who did not give his name, arrived shortly afterwards. He declined to speak to reporters, except to say: “This is England. This is society.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference CAD 6423/12Nov.

They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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