Fundraiser for Poplar murder victim soars past target

PUBLISHED: 15:20 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:37 28 September 2016

Zdenek Makar was returning from a drinks party.

Zdenek Makar was returning from a drinks party.


Friends of a man who died Poplar have set up a online fundraiser to have his body flown back to his native Czech Republic.

The Go Fund Me page for Zdenek Makar, 31, who died from head injuries opposite All Saints DLR station on Thursday, was set up on Saturday, by friend Mirka Belakova, and has since received more than £15,000 in donations.

The fundraising page, called ‘Help Zdenek go back home’, had an original target of £10,000 but thanks to the support of donations from 632 people the total currently stands at £15,156, two days after the petition was created.

It was reported that Zdenek, a Czech national and businessman, became embroiled in row involving a group of youths at a nearby chicken take-away close to midnight on Wednesday.

Shortly afterwards a passing cyclist found Zdenek lying in a pool of blood in East India Dock Road, Poplar, before he died 20 minutes later.

A friend of Zdenek, Wendy Botarde, called the cyclist a ‘hero’ and asked for the individual to come forward.

“We would love to find the cyclist who tried to save Zdenek’s life,” Wendy wrote on the Go Fund ME page. “He is a true hero for us. Please get in touch if you have any info or if he could contact us personally.”

Raymond Sculley, 29, of Sherman House, Poplar, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court today accused of being one of at least four people who attacked the businessman and has been remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

A man, aged 19, and a 16-year-old boy, have been bailed until early October pending further enquiries.

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