Northern Ireland (60) man died after he was stabbed four times - once in the heart

A Northern Ireland man who was attacked in Oxford Circus died from a stab wound to the heart, an inquest has heard.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 12:59 pm
Updated Friday, 9th July 2021, 1:00 pm
Picture taken with permission from the twitter feed of @okubax following an incident at Oxford Circus, central London, where a 60-year-old man died after being stabbed on Thursday. Issue date: Friday July 2, 2021.

Stephen Dempsey, 60, from Belfast, was stabbed four times during the attack on July 1, including once in the heart which proved fatal, coroner Fiona Wilcox told a short hearing at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Friday.

Mr Dempsey, who was single, was found hurt outside the Microsoft store in the busy central London shopping district just before 8pm and later died in hospital.

His body was identified using a bank card found on his person and confirmed using his passport, the inquest heard.

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Handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of two males, both of whom appear to be skateboarders, who they would like to trace, after they intervened following a fatal stabbing in Oxford Street, central London on Thursday, where a 60 year old man was killed. One of men used his skateboard to subdue Tedi Fanta Hagos, allowing him to be restrained. Hagos, 25, of Ravenhill, Swansea has been charged with murder. Issue date: Saturday July 3, 2021.

Mr Dempsey’s mother Beryl Dempsey previously said his death had left her “shocked” and “lost for words”.

She appealed for two male skateboarders who stepped in after the attack to get in touch with police.

On Tuesday, Tedi Fanta Hagos, 25, of Ravenhill, Swansea, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a plea hearing for September 21 and remanded the defendant in custody.

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