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"He gave somebody else a chance of life and somebody else has come along and taken his"

John Martin was a kidney donor a year before he was stabbed to death in London.

John Martin was originally from Co Meath.
John Martin was originally from Co Meath.
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A UK COURT has heard details of the the fatal stabbing of an Irishman in London.

John Martin (41) was killed at his home in Kingsbury, near Wembley Park in north London, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

His neighbour Darryn Madigan (38) has been charged with his murder.

Martin is originally from Donore in Co Meath and The Irish Post reports that the prosecution alleges that he was killed after returning home from a night out.

It was alleged by the prosecution that a row broke out between the two men after Martin returned home with his partner by taxi.

It was alleged by the prosecution that a row broke out between the two men with the defendant looking out the bedroom window of an upstairs flat.

The prosecution alleges that Madigan then left the flat and came downstairs with a kitchen knife.

Following his death, it has emerged that he donated a kidney to a woman he never met after seeing her advert in the paper last year.

The Meath Chronicle reports that his family released a statement last night outlining their pride in his actions.

“He gave somebody else a chance of life and somebody else has come along and taken his life,” they said.

We are extremely proud of his achievements in life and we ask the media to respect our privacy.  We want now to bring John home to his family and have his burial in Donore as soon as possible.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the victim’s family.

Read: Man charged with stabbing murder of Meath man in London >

Read: Man who died after putting head out train window was ‘railway fanatic’ >

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