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Man in custody for dad's murder

PUBLISHED: 13:49 02 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 25 August 2010

KNIFED: Paul Martin

KNIFED: Paul Martin

THE murder of a dad-of-two outside a church has rocked the community.

THE murder of a dad-of-two outside a church has rocked the community.

Paul Martin, from Blackheath, bled to death from stab wounds after police were called to a fight in Greenwich Church Street at 2.15am last Sunday morning.

Bar workers and residents could not recall such a violent incident before in their 'sleepy' district, but warned that brawls in the area had rocketed since last summer.

A 21-year-old bar worker who did not wish to be named said: "Every night now in Greenwich we are seeing two or three fights.

"They're letting the wrong people into the bars and they're causing trouble. I don't feel safe here any more."

Some 20 bunches of flowers were left in a doorway next to Greg's bakery, which witnesses said had been splattered with blood above head height on Sunday morning.

One message attached to flowers read: "You were a very special person with a good soul and such a happy father to two lovely children."

Other messages described Mr Martin as 'gentle' and his 'cheeky smile'.

Another addressed to 'brother', read: "I always looked up to you. You're an inspiration to me and now you will live through me."

Passer-by James Griffiths, 32, from Brockley, said: "There seems to be too much attitude and aggression on the streets. These flowers are the summary of someone's entire life now. It's crazy.

"I wouldn't expect a stabbing in Greenwich. I come here because it's so quiet and village-like."

Mr Martin was attended to by paramedics in Greenwich Church Street before he was taken to Kings College Hospital, but he died in hospital.

A post mortem held on Monday revealed that Mr Martin died from blood loss through stab injuries.

Michael Bowden, 27, of Marden Square, Bermondsey appeared at Greenwich Magistrates Court yesterday charged with the murder of Mr Martin. He was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on July 8.

A second 27-year-old man was also arrested but released with no further charges.

If you have any information call Lewisham police on 020 8721 4906 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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