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Sylvester Silcott stabbing: Family speaks of heartache over Homerton St Patrick’s Day attack

PUBLISHED: 12:31 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:49 24 March 2018

Silvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonald

Silvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonald

Shirly MacDonald

The family of the man stabbed to death at a St Patrick’s Day party in Homerton have described the devastation of having to tell his two young daughters their “daddy is gone”.

Silvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonaldSilvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonald

Father-of-two Tyrone “Sylvester” Silcott, 42, was stabbed multiple times in Towpath Walk on Sunday at 8.15am.

Emergency services tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene half an hour later.

His best friend Jasmine Lewis had invited about 40 members of the Montserratian community to her home, and Sylvester was attacked as guests were leaving.

Sylvester’s older sister, Shirly McDonald, told the Gazette today: “The whole family is lost. We are mourning and we cannot come to terms with knowing he is dead.”

Silvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonaldSilvester Silcott. Picture: Shirly MacDonald

Shirly had to break the news to their father, her sister Nervlyn, and younger brothers Ervyn and Aaron that their brother had been killed, and must formally identify his body today.

“I don’t even know who called me that day,” said Ms McDonald, who lives in London Fields.

“They said: ‘Shirly, come quick – your brother is dead.’ When I got there the police tape was all around.

“No one could explain to me why my brother was dead. I had to wait for the sniffer dogs, and then I could go and see his body there lying down.”

Sylvester Silcott.Sylvester Silcott.

Ms McDonald said Sylvester was a “good dad” of two daughters, aged four and six, who live in Birmingham with their mother.

“They are lost,” she said. “Their mother has to take it one day at a time to explain to them that their daddy is not here and is gone. They won’t be able to see their dad again – all those small little things, like taking them to the park, taking them to the festivals that we celebrate like St Patrick’s Day and Easter Monday when we get together as a family. He cannot see his kids any more and they can’t see their daddy. You can’t understand.”

Ms McDonald described how her brother, who had until recently worked as a mechanic at Mr Clutch in Leyton, was her best friend.

“I leaned on him for everything,” she said.

Sylvester Silcott.Sylvester Silcott.

“Tyrone – he was a superstar. He didn’t say no to anyone. If he couldn’t make it today he would find another time to do it.

“He tried to help everyone. That’s the kind of person he was. He was kind and caring and loving. I’m getting teary now.

“I won’t be able to see him again. I can only speak to him in spirit.

“My brother didn’t deserve to die like this. He went to a party to enjoy himself.”

Rowmando Lewis, 28, of Cunningham Avenue, Enfield, appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with murder, and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday.


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