29-year-old charged with murder of Czech man in east London as fundraising page exceeds £10,000 target


A 29-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Czech national Zdenek Makar in Poplar, east London, last Wednesday - after a fundraising page to repatriate his body exceeded its £10,000 target.

Police believe that Makar, 31, who lived close to All Saints station in London's Docklands, was involved in an altercation in a chicken shop shortly before he was attacked.

Well-wishers of different nationalities have now pledged over £12,000 to repatriate his body in the Czech Republic, with friends stating: "There is nothing we can do for our friend now other than help his family in his own country receive his body back."

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A post-mortem examination on Friday revealed Makar died from his injuries, which he sustained in the street following an argument inside a branch of Perfect Fried Chicken in East India Dock Road.

Police arrested two other people on Friday - a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy - who have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Makar's fundraising page said: "He was only 31 years old and loved living in England and had lived in Poplar east London for some time."

A Metropolitan 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."