Daughter remembers ‘loving’ father who was killed in Ilford on her birthday

John Down with his daughters in 1962 in Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire. This was a popular family hol

John Down with his daughters in 1962 in Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire. This was a popular family holiday destination, with the last trip there being held two years ago. Clockwise from left, Polly Wareham, Lili Wyeth, John Down, Pam White and Annette Carpenter. Picture: Pam White - Credit: Pam White

A daughter has paid tribute to her “kind and loving father” who was stabbed to death in Ilford on her 64th birthday.

The daughters of John Down, 86, who was stabbed to death by Paul Mallin in an Ilford sheltered housi

The daughters of John Down, 86, who was stabbed to death by Paul Mallin in an Ilford sheltered housing unit on September 5 2015. From left to right, Annette Carpenter, Lili Wyeth, Pam White and Polly Wareham. Picture: Pam White - Credit: Pam White

John Down, 86, and his partner Karen Reid, 53, were killed by her ex-boyfriend Paul Mallin in a sheltered housing unit on September 5.

Mallin, 51, who was a neighbour of the victims in Fernways, Cecil Road, Ilford, was due to go on trial for murder last week, but the prosecution dropped the charges based on psychological and psychiatric reports. He previously admitted two counts of manslaughter on January 4.

Pam White and her three sisters were in the public gallery at the Old Bailey to hear the decision.

She told the Recorder: “It has been a very traumatic time since I was informed of dad’s death on my 64th birthday, we have laid him to rest but we haven’t yet had grieving time.”

Paul Mallin, 51, left, stabbed to death his ex girlfriend, Karen Reid, 53, centre, and her new partn

Paul Mallin, 51, left, stabbed to death his ex girlfriend, Karen Reid, 53, centre, and her new partner John Down, 86, right, in an Ilford sheltered housing unit in September. - Credit: Met Police


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Pam lives in Bournemouth, where her father spent the first 40 years of his life.

“He was a kind and loving father who encouraged his children to be educated and to seek out their dreams,” she said.

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Read the full exclusive interview in today’s Recorder.

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