Man remanded over cleaner's death

An unemployed man has been remanded in custody accused of stabbing a have-a-go street cleaner to death.

Piotr Mikiewicz, 40, was stabbed after trying to stop a house burglar in Rylett Road, Shepherd's Bush, west London, where he had been working.

He hit the man several times with his broom and was stabbed once in the chest.

Roger Philip Buckingham, 30, of Bentworth Road, Shepherd's Bush, appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink and was remanded in custody. No bail application was made.

Buckingham will appear at a plea and case management hearing at the same court on December 10.

He is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon, theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.

Mr Mikiewicz was described as "a friend to everyone" by his employer, private contractor Serco.