Woman, 82, stabbed in back with 30cm blade before man killed in ‘random’ attack

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Norris Henry, 37, is alleged to have stabbed 82-year-old Betty Walsh outside a kebab shop before fatally wounding Ali Abucar Ali in Brentford, west London, on Friday

A great, great grandma was allegedly stabbed in the back with a 30cm knife before a 20-year-old man was said to have been killed with the same blade, a court heard this morning.

Norris Henry, 37, is alleged to have stabbed 82-year-old Betty Walsh outside a kebab shop before fatally wounding Ali Abucar Ali in Brentford, west London, on Friday.

Betty is recovering from her wounds in hospital.

Henry was arrested close to his home address.

The suspect, wearing a green and yellow top, appeared via video link from Wormwood Scrubs Prison to confirm his age and name at the preliminary hearing this morning.

He will re-appear on February 21 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.

Betty’s eldest daughter Bridget, 60, has said her mum will remain in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for a number of weeks after undergoing emergency surgery.

She added: ‘’She will come out eventually, but it could be a few weeks or a month.”

Betty, affectionately known as ‘Betty Boo’ to all her friends, has lived in Brentford all her adult life and was a barmaid at four local pubs before she retired.

She was described as a “rock” for her three sons and three daughters after her husband died more than 30 years ago.

Mum of six Betty has 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

Bridget added: “I knew him and his mother. They are a very good family.

“His mother had rushed to comfort me as soon as she heard about what happened to mum, before the police phoned her and told her the devastating news that her son had so sadly been stabbed.

“Ali was a really hardworking, good lad who had recently won a scholarship, we think it was to play basketball.”