Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Man charged with burglary murder

Joseph Griffiths was found dead at his west London home after police were called to investigate a burglary
Joseph Griffiths was found dead at his west London home after police were called to investigate a burglary

A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner who is believed to have been attacked during a burglary at his home.

Joseph Griffiths, 73, was found dead at his home in Fulham, west London, on Saturday, after police were called to investigate a break-in.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Arron De Silva, of Warwick Road, Earls Court, west London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He will also face a charge of aggravated burglary.

Relatives of Mr Griffiths, who was married with two grown-up sons, have paid tribute to his sense of humour and said his death would leave a "great void" in their lives.

In a statement, his family said: "Joe was a husband, father and grandfather, he was a successful businessman who embraced life and lived it to the full.

"He took great pride in his business and it gave him immense satisfaction that three generations of the Griffiths family were employed there.

"Joe's sudden and tragic demise has shocked and saddened all who knew and loved him, and has left a great void in all our lives. We will miss his forthright views and wicked sense of fun.

"Joe leaves behind a wife, two sons and seven grandchildren, who all completely adore and miss him."

A post-mortem examination confirmed Mr Griffiths, of Hazlebury Road, was stabbed.

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