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Son facing charge of murdering club owner

By Hayden Smith

A nightclub owner has been named as the pensioner allegedly stabbed to death by his son in London's Mayfair.

The body of David West (70) was found at a residential address - believed to be his home near Piccadilly in central London, on Friday night.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a single stab wound.

The dead man's son, also called David West (44) was charged with murder.

Mr West was a self-styled lord who reportedly owned the nightclub Hey Jo, as well as Abracadabra, a restaurant which specialises in Russian cuisine. Both are located close to his home.

He has been described as a flamboyant figure and is said to have bought the title of 'Lord of the Manor of Hollesley' on eBay.

He made his fortune selling alcohol from a Calais warehouse called Eastenders, having started in business selling flowers and groceries from a stall in Romford market.

In 2007 he made headlines after he hired Cherie Blair to mount a legal challenge against the smoking ban.

On what appears to be the dead man's LinkedIn page he describes himself as a "successful business entrepreneur".

Friends paid tribute on Facebook.

Mickey Helliet said he was "absolutely gutted" at the death of his "longstanding friend".

He said: "Life is precious and can be snatched away at any moment.

"I loved going to his clubs. Really going to miss him, a real character. RIP."

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