Teenager among three arrested over death of Czech man in London

The Guardian

1365Sixteen-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder after Zdeněk Makar died following a row at a takeaway in Poplar

A 16-year-old boy is among three people arrested over the death of a Czech man following a row in a chicken takeaway shop in east London.

Zdeněk Makar, 31, was pronounced dead in the street near All Saints DLR station in Poplar late on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said.

Two men aged 19 and 29 and the 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to east London police stations for questioning.

Officers believe Makar was involved in an altercation with a group of men inside Perfect Fried Chicken on East India Dock Road before being followed down the street and attacked.

A Met police spokesman said: “Detectives continue to appeal for anyone who was in the area who witnessed the events prior to attack or the incident itself. They retain an open mind as to the motive for the attack.”

A postmortem examination on Friday revealed that Makar died from head injuries. His next of kin has been informed.

A worker at Perfect Fried Chicken told the Sun: “The guy was clearly a businessman as he was wearing a very sharp grey suit. He was in a good mood. He said he’d been at a drinks party after work and was going home.

“I can’t believe it. It’s shocking. It was just a silly exchange of words. You get it sometimes, but it’s unbelievable it can end like this and life can be so cheap.”

Makar worked for the events company Harbour & Jones, which runs the catering at the Royal Institute of British Architects headquarters in central London.

Nathan Jones, the co-founder of Harbour & Jones, and Alan Vallance, Riba’s chief executive, said Makar – who was known as Zed – had been deputy general manager for catering at the institute for almost two years.

“Described by his team as ‘a man with a big heart’, Zed was a dedicated and committed employee who was well-liked by colleagues and will be sadly missed,” Jones and Vallance said. “On behalf of both our organisations, we offer our sincere condolences to the family at this very sad and difficult time. Support is being given to Zed’s friends and colleagues.”

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