A 44-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Irish man Thomas O'Halloran in west London.

Lee Byer appeared at Willesden Magistrates' Court this morning.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was of no fixed abode.

His solicitor Malik Aldeiri made no application for bail.

Mr Byer was remanded in custody by Deputy District Judge Ross Cohen ahead of his next appearance at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Willesden Court
Lee Byer appeared at Willesden Magistrates' Court this morning

The judge said Mr Byer faces a bail hearing at the Old Bailey next week and is expected to face a plea and trial preparation hearing at the same court on 16 September.

"This is a matter this court has no power to deal with and accordingly I am sending both matters... to the Central Criminal Court," the judge said.

Mr O'Halloran, who used a mobility scooter, was originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare, and lived in the Greenford area of west London.

Police officers were called to Cayton Road, in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday to reports of a stabbing and 87-year-old Mr O'Halloran was declared dead at the scene.

He was said to be known locally for busking outside Greenford Station.

Thomas O'Halloran was originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare

President Michael D Higgins has expressed his sympathy to Mr O'Halloran's family and the Irish community in London.

In a statement, President Higgins said he can "only imagine" the shock and grief they feel.

"It is so difficult to understand why and how such a terrible crime could occur to someone so altruistically minded and indeed cherished in his local community in Greenford," the President said in a statement.

"May I pay tribute to that generosity and kindness that Thomas showed in his life, as well as to Thomas's musical talent which he shared so freely, most recently in support of those impacted by the situation in Ukraine.

"I hope that Thomas' family and friends can draw strength from the legacy of kindness he leaves to the wider Irish community in Britain, of which he was a member for so long."