Poplar killing: ‘Community will come together’ says Mayor

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 September 2016

Mayor John Biggs at the scene of Zdenek Makar's death

Mayor John Biggs at the scene of Zdenek Makar's death


The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has pledged his support to the friends and family of a man who was killed in Poplar on Thursday following a altercation in a fast food outlet.

The Mayor standing with mourners at the vigil.The Mayor standing with mourners at the vigil.

Speaking at a vigil service, held at the scene where Zdenek Makar was found in a pool of blood, John Biggs said he was pleased by the police’s response.

“This is a tragic and appalling incident,” the mayor said. “Our thoughts are with Mr Makar’s family and friends at this time.”

“I have no doubt that as a community we will come together to offer them all our support.

“I am pleased that the police acted swiftly and have arrested a number of suspects. At this stage there is no evidence to suggest this attack was in any way racially motivated but we will remain vigilant.”

The vigil for Zdenek at the scene where he died.The vigil for Zdenek at the scene where he died.

Zdenek, 31, was returning home close to midnight on Wednesday of last week when he allegedly got into an altercation with a group of men at Perfect Fried Chicken in East India Dock Road.

The Czech national died at the scene, less than 100 yards from the takeaway, at 12.22am on Thursday.

Raymond Sculley, 29, of Sherman House, Aberfeldy Street, Poplar, has been charged with murder. A trial is due to be held at the Old Bailey on March 20.

Two youths aged 19 and 16 have been bailed until early October.

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