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Murder suspect, 25, makes second appearance in court over Oxford Circus knife attack

Murder suspect 25 makes second appearance in court over


Murder suspect, 25, makes second appearance in court over ‘completely unprovoked’ knife attack on 60-year-old man in Oxford Circus

  • Tedi Fant appeared at the Old Bailey accused of murdering Stephen Dempsey
  • He is alleged to have stabbed the 60-year-old outside a shop in Oxford Circus
  • The court heard the incident took place outside the Microsoft store on July 1 
  • Fanta, 25, is charged with murder and with possession of an offensive weapon 

A murder suspect has today appeared in court for a second time over the fatal stabbing of a 60-year-old man in central London. 

Prosecutors allege that Eritrean national Tedi Fant, 25, fatally stabbed Stephen Dempsey  in a ‘completely unprovoked’ attack outside the Microsoft store in Oxford Circus on July 1.

Mr Dempsey died in hospital following the incident, in which two heroic skateboarders are said to have intervened.

One of the skateboarders is said to have used his board to ‘subdue’ the alleged attacker.

Today Fanta appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Wandsworth prison.

Prosecutors allege that Eritrean national Tedi Fant, 25, fatally stabbed Stephen Dempsey in a 'completely unprovoked' attack outside the Microsoft store in Oxford Circus (pictured: Police at the scene) on July 1

Prosecutors allege that Eritrean national Tedi Fant, 25, fatally stabbed Stephen Dempsey in a ‘completely unprovoked’ attack outside the Microsoft store in Oxford Circus (pictured: Police at the scene) on July 1

He was wearing a grey prison-issue jumper and stood through most of the hearing.

Speaking at the hearing The Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft, QC, said: ‘This is an allegation of murder by stabbing in Oxford Circus.’ 

Fanta, of Elgin Street, Swansea, is charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing on 21 September.

Following the incident, police released an image of the two brave skateboarders and appealed for them to come forward. 

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the two men had ‘led the intervention to apprehend the suspect following the attack’.

Following the incident, police released an image of the two brave skateboarders and appealed for them to come forward

Following the incident, police released an image of the two brave skateboarders and appealed for them to come forward

However they said the men  did not stay at the scene to speak with police.

Detectives only discovered the ‘key role’ they played after reviewing CCTV and other video footage of the incident and its aftermath.

Mr Dempsey’s mother, Beryl Dempsey, later described the men’s actions as ‘heroic’ and urged them to come forward and speak to police. 

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