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‘He was dead from day one’ – son of Ilford man who died nine days after stabbing

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 October 2015

Hickling Road, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

Hickling Road, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

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A grieving son has paid tribute to his dad after he died on Monday – nine days after he was stabbed.

Hickling Road, Ilford. Picture: Ajay NairHickling Road, Ilford. Picture: Ajay Nair

Arnold Onea, 25, said Florin Onea, 49, of Hickling Road, Ilford, was the “best dad in the world” after police launched a murder investigation into the death on Tuesday.

It comes after Florin was found with a stab wound at an address in the street when officers were called to reports of a disturbance, on Saturday, October 17.

“My dad was a very strong man, he was very powerful, he was unbelievable,” added Arnold, from Portsmouth, who said his father had come to the UK from Romania six years ago.

“He was one of the best people – he used to come to play with my boy in Portsmouth all the time,” he said.

“And the last time I saw him was the Monday before it happened. He fought for his life for nine days, he had almost total brain damage – he was dead from day one. He was breathing with a machine.”

Arnold said the family could not afford the funeral costs and were asking friends to help. He said: “Dad was a very good person and he deserves a good funeral – everyone loved him.”

Neighbours have expressed their disbelief following the fatal stabbing in their street.

Speaking to the Recorder after the tragic news of Mr Onea’s death, neighbour Vilas Patel said: “We were just watching TV that day and the police knocked on my door.

“There was a lot of police – it’s just terrible.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “There was lots of police around that day – we had no idea what was going on.

“It’s very shocking for it to happen in your road.

“It’s quite scary to see it in your street and to know that the person has died.

“We’ve been living here for 27 years and nothing like this has happened before.”

Another neighbour, Vini Patel, said: “It’s a shock – we say hi, hello and bye all the time.”

One resident, who also asked not to be named. said: “I saw the police about that day – it really does make you scared to live around here.”

Khalid Hussain, who runs K1 Tyres, Ilford Lane, Ilford, said Mr Onea – believed to have had his own removal business – was a customer.

“He used to come down here for tyres,” said Mr Hussain.

“It’s just sad that something like this has happened.

“It’s sad when it happens to someone you know – it’s a sad world out there.”

Officers arrested Marcel Criahan, of Hickling Road, Ilford, on October 17 in connection with the incident.

The 34-year-old was charged with GBH with intent the following day, and appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on October 19.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) are investigating.


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