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Councillor describes moment she fought to save fatally stabbed man's life


A councillor in east London has spoken of the moment she desperately tried to save a fatally stabbed man's life on the floor of a pub.

Aiden O'Mahoney, known to his friends as Oggy, was watching a Spurs match at a pub in Hornchurch. The 60-year-old was stabbed through his heart.

Cllr Julie Wilkes, who was also at the JJ Moon's pub, heard shouting and went over to help.

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My heart dropped when I saw him.

I immediately got down on my knees – a woman was carrying out CPR and I told her I was first aid trained and together we continued until the paramedics arrived.

He wasn’t breathing but we got him back and I was saying ‘come on darling’. It seemed like seconds but it must have been a minute or two. Staff were blocking the wound with their blue towels to try and stem the blood.

I really thought he was going to make it. It’s horrendous to think how he died.

– Cllr Julie Wilkes
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Mr O'Mahoney's step-daughter Louise Tonks spoke to the Romford Recorder of her family’s devastation.

She told the paper that her step-father was a "gentle giant" and his death had torn their family apart.

James Roberts, 31, of Ambleside Avenue, Elm Park, has appeared in court charged with murder.