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Irishman helping homeless in London 'battered to death in unprovoked attack'

By Greg Harkin

Police in England have launched a murder inquiry after an Irish man helping the homeless was battered to death.

Philip Steels, who was 51 and from Sligo, suffered severe head injuries in an unprovoked attack in Enfield, London.

The father of three was a member of the North London Jubilee Christian Church.

His brother Michael, (46), will fly to London tomorrow to formally identify the body.

"Philip became a Christian seven years ago after overcoming difficulties in his life," said Michael.

"He was a good man and a well respected member of the community in North London.

"He raised more than £10,000 for the church. At weekends he attached a food van to his car and drove around London to feed the homeless.

"He was a kind lovely person, helping people overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol."

Although the dead man lived in London he often returned to Sligo to see his parents Michael Snr and Mary as well as his two sisters and brother.

The Metropolitan Police said 26-year-old Malachi Lindo of Bowles Green, Turkey Street, London, will appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow charged in connection with the incident.

Mr Steels was attacked just before 2am as he was out helping the homeless.

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