London's 90th murder victim of 2019 is named as grandfather and part-time jazz singer, 69, who was attacked as he walked home from the pub and collapsed on his neighbour's doorstep
- Grandfather Allan Isichei was knifed to death in Southall as he walked home
- He collapsed on a neighbours doorstep near his £750,000 home yesterday
- Met Police said a man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder
London's latest murder victim, who begged to see his wife after he was stabbed outside a pub in a leafy London suburb, has been named as a 69-year-old grandfather-of-four and part-time jazz singer.
Allan Isichei, father-of-three and husband for 44 years to wife Sandra, was stabbed twice as he walked home from the Plough Inn pub in Southall, north-west London, where he regularly performs yesterday evening.
He collapsed on his neighbours doorstep just three doors away from his £750,000 home at around 6.30pm.
A suspect in his 30s has been arrested and is in hospital with minor injuries. He is also under police guard.
Allan Isichei, 69, who is a grandfather-of-four, father-of-three and husband for 44 years to wife Sandra was stabbed to death in north-west London yesterday as he walked home from the pub in a leafy London suburb
Neighbours have also described him as a keen jazz singer. He is believed to be friends with British Lions international player Roger Uttley and to be a part-time coach with Wasps Rugby Club
Mr Isichei pictured performing at the Plough Inn pub. He was stabbed to death yesterday afternoon while walking home from visiting this pub
London's latest murder victim, 69-year-old Allan Isichei, begged to see his wife after he was stabbed walking home from the pub. (Pictured: Police officers searching the area in Southall for clues today)
Neighbours have described Mr Isichei as a keen rugby fan who was friends with former England and British Lions international player Roger Uttley.
They also said he had a keen interest in music, playing a saxophone with a band, and was also a part-time coach with Wasps Rugby Club.
He was also the managing director of family business Broadway Construction, based in Ealing, west London, which was founded in 1974.
Resident Kevneet Grover, 15, said he was getting ready for his father's 41st birthday when Mr Isichei collapsed on their doorstep.
The teenager, who lives three doors down from Mr Isichei, said: 'It was my dad's 41st birthday.
'I was coming down the stairs and the doorbell was going on and off constantly.
London's latest murder victim begged to see his wife after he was stabbed while leaving a pub in a leafy suburb, has been named as a 69-year-old grandfather-of-four and part-time jazz singer. (Pictured: A police cordon is still in place this morning where the attack happened in Southall, north-west London)
Police have arrested a suspect after the victim, a man in his 60s, died from his wounds. (Pictured: A police cordon was still in place this morning around the area where the murder took place)
'I thought it was my cousins, but it was a man who was injured and he said 'call an ambulance.'
'He was holding onto the side of the door and when I opened it, he collapsed in front of the door and I shouted 'dad come dow stairs, come downstairs.''
Kevneet's father Raj Grover ran to the doorway to help Mr Isichei and called out to his wife for a towel.
Mr Grover, director of Galaxy Real Estate, said: 'I came downstairs and I saw the blood all over his body. It all happened on our doorstep.
'I asked my wife to bring a towel and I started to stop the blood and the bleeding, but I did not realise there was a second hole.
'He was stabbed twice - there was one on the right hand side below his chest and one on his side.
'He was trying to go to his house, but couldn't make it anymore so he came to us.
'My wife called an ambulance and they took about ten minutes to arrive.
'I asked him a few times 'who did that Allan? What happened?'
'But he said 'don't ask me these questions, call my wife because I'm losing it.'
'I quickly ran to his house and called his wife. I said 'darling don't panic, your husband is bleeding a little bit.'
'I didn't say there had been a stabbing - I didn't want to panic her. Then I held her hand and walked her over to him.
'Her husband kept saying to his wife 'come closer to me, come closer to me' as he was laying on the floor and I was pressing the towel to his chest.
'The blood just kept on pouring out.'
Mr Grover said the victim suffered one stab wound to the right of his lower chest and another on the right hand side of his lower back.
Allan Isichei collapsed on his neighbours doorstep after being stabbed at 6.30pm yesterday evening. (Pictured: Forensic teams search the area for clues)
A suspect has been arrested after the attack and is in hospital under police guard. (Pictured: Officers arrive at the scene to search for clues last night following the murder)
He added: 'The wife was saying to him 'it will be okay, don't worry everything will be fine.' She just kept saying that to him.
'The next door neighbour was helping to hold his legs up as he laid on his back.
'We did our best, but unfortunately we lost him.
'He was a very strong man, he was 69 but he looked as though he were in his 50s and he was a builder.'
Mr Grover said that when paramedics arrived they asked Mr Isichei to stand up, but he couldn't. He was then loaded onto a stretcher.
London Ambulance Service said it arrived within six minutes and will investigate claims about how the situation was handled.
It is understood the attack was not linked to anything inside the pub and Mr Isichei had left 'peacefully'.
A friend said: 'He just walked home as normal and something happened before he got home.
'He would come in about once a week, he played in the band and used to pop in for a chat, he never had more than one pint. He was a lovely fellow, really mild-mannered, a lovely man.'
Scotland Yard said police were called at about 6.41pm and the victim was treated by paramedics and air ambulance crews, but died at the scene.
Scotland Yard said police were called at about 6.41pm and the victim was treated by paramedics and air ambulance crews, but died at the scene
A police cordon was put in place in the leafy London suburb yesterday evening
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough pub on Tentelow Lane
Mr Grover, who runs a local property business, said that as they waited for emergency services, the man told him: 'Just call my wife.'
He remained with the victim for about 30 to 40 minutes before leaving to go to his party, after emergency services took over.
Mr Grover said he knew the man as a neighbour who would regularly walk by and say hello when they met.
'Last year the same thing happened, next to the street,' he said, referring to a separate incident in the area. 'It was my friend being shot with four bullets.'
He said his friend made a full recovery, but later moved to Dubai.
A cordon remained in place around the street late on Saturday night, and police said inquiries were ongoing.
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough Inn pub on Tentelow Lane.
Detectives remained at the scene on Sunday afternoon, including forensics teams in specialist uniforms.
A helicopter from London air ambulance landed in nearby Norwood Green to come to the scene near the Plough Inn pub on Tentelow Lane
Pictured: The locations at which murder investigations have been sparked in London since the start of the year
The street remained cordoned off, together with nearby roads, until nearly 2pm.
Reverend Dave Bookless, the vicar of St Mary's church, opposite the scene, said an ambulance was initially able to drive Mr Isichei away, but stopped at a nearby park.
'The ambulance ended up stopping just down the road,' he said.
'They were working on him there and trying to resuscitate him but sadly I think the injuries were too severe.
'It's come as a huge shock. A lot of people are saying this is not the kind of area this happens.
'Although we're kind of in the middle of urban, multicultural London, there's quite a village feeling here.
'It happened in broad daylight in a residential street. People are really quite shocked.'
He now plans to open a book of condolence in the church, he said.
It's the second tragedy in a week for the west London suburb, after Brit Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, from Southall was choked to death in Thailand while celebrating his 10 year wedding anniversary.
There have been 90 killings in London already this year.
The stabbing comes just a week after a teenager who was knifed to death in another week of bloodshed in London was attacked over a £10 debt.
The murder happened in St Mary's Avenue in Southall (pictured), a leafy surburb of north west London
Solomon Small, 18, was fatally stabbed in Brixton, south London, at 2pm on August 15 - marking the 91st murder in the capital this year and 16th teenage victim.
Horrified witnesses told how the attacker bumped fists with Mr Small before cutting his throat and chest in front of a woman.
Writing in the Mail On Sunday earlier this month, Prime Minster Boris Johnson vowed to tackle the record high knife crime in the city where he use to lead as mayor.
'We have knife-related homicides running at their highest level since 1946' he said.
'We have seen a 34 per cent increase in stabbings of young people in the past five years, an 82 per cent rise in knife crime in that time, and in the past few days we have seen a brave police officer endure a frenzied attack in East London by a man armed with a foot-long machete.
'We have the impression of a growing culture of insolence on the part of the thugs; and in the face of that sense of impunity – entirely misplaced – I believe the British public knows instinctively what we must do' he added.
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