Allan Isichei was married for more than 40 years before his death (Picture: PA)
A man who begged to see his wife as he bled to death on a London street has been identified as a ‘loving father and grandfather’ who adored music.
Allan Isichei, 69, was attacked after having a pint at his local pub, the Plough Inn in Southall, west London, at about 6.40pm on Saturday.
The keen jazz musician and managing director of Broadway Construction was seen enjoying a drink while reading the newspaper before he was fatally stabbed just a few hundreds yards from his house.
Mr Isichei, who has three children with his wife of more than 40 years, was described by a friend as a ‘lovely man’.
They said: ‘He just walked home as normal and something happened before he got home.
‘He would come in about once a week, he played in the band and used to pop in for a chat, he never had more than one pint.
‘He was a lovely fellow, really mild-mannered, a lovely man.’
Locals at the pub added that Mr Isichei regularly played saxophone and sang in several jazz bands ‘for the love of it’.
A woman who is a regular at The Plough said: ‘He came in, had his drink and left.
‘He could not have been here for more than 30 or 45 minutes – he literally had one drink, read the paper and left.
‘This is a community pub so he would say his niceties to people and quite happily sit by himself – he was quite placid.
‘He used to play the saxophone. Jazz was his thing and he absolutely loved playing and singing.
‘He didn’t do it for the money, he did it just for the love of it. He first played here about two years ago.
‘It went down a storm and he played here ever since.’
Another regular at the pub said: ‘It is a real shock. We have been here 10 years and we remember him coming in here with his family throughout that time.
‘He would come in here with his wife for a drink and something to eat – they were a lovely couple.’
Detectives have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder.
He was held in hospital overnight with minor injuries, Scotland Yard said.
It’s understood that the attack was not linked to any incident in the pub, with Mr Isichei leaving ‘peacefully’.
He stumbled to a neighbour’s front door at about 6.39pm to beg them to call an ambulance and was treated by paramedics, but died just over an hour later.
An investigation has been launched after two neighbours who opened the door to the bleeding grandfather cast doubt on ambulance staff’s actions.
Raj Grover, 41, said that after paramedics arrived, they asked Mr Isichei to stand up and get onto a stretcher despite his wounds.
Describing the incident, his son Kevneet added: ‘He straight away started saying “call an ambulance”. I said, “OK, what’s happened?” because I didn’t recognise him, I got scared.
‘He said “call an ambulance” and then he collapsed. I called my dad.
‘The ambulance let us down. When we called, they started asking so many questions. So many people were calling the ambulance, the police.
‘The ambulance were asking so many questions, they took quite a few minutes, but then his face started to go white and his lips as well.’
London Ambulance Service said it arrived within six minutes and will investigate claims about how the situation was handled.