Neighbour pleads not guilty to murder of Irish carpenter John Martin outside his London home
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Neighbour pleads not guilty to murder of Irish carpenter John Martin outside his London home

THE man accused of stabbing Irishman John Martin to death in a late night row will stand trial in January.

Darryn Madigan, of Doreen Avenue, Kingsbury, is accused of murdering Mr Martin, 41, in the early hours of August 7 this year.

The 38-year-old denied murder when he appeared at the Old Bailey in London this morning.

Mr Martin, a carpenter, was originally from Donore, Co. Meath, and had been working in the English capital for some time prior to his death.

Mr Martin had been making his way home from a pub in Kingsbury, northwest London, with his girlfriend when he was attacked.

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Despite the efforts of emergency services, he suffered two deep stab wounds to his side and was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack in Doreen Avenue, Kingsbury.

His lifeless body was found on the front lawn he shared with Madigan.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC said: "The deceased and Mr Madigan are both residents in flats next door to each other in Kingsbury."

"The allegation is that the deceased returned from a night out with his partner by minicab and a dispute broke out between John Martin and the defendant – the defendant being in the upstairs flat looking out of the bedroom window."

"The allegation is that he left his property and came downstairs armed with a kitchen knife."

Judge Abuja Dhir QC remanded Madigan in custody until his trial in January.

Following Mr Martin’s death, it emerged he once donated a kidney to a woman he had never met after seeing her desperate advert in a newspaper.

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He went straight to hospital to see if he was a match and immediately volunteered for the surgery.

Darryn Madigan will stand trial on January 30.