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Tonbridge 'murder': Joe Murphy dies in double stabbing in Hectorage Road and son Patrick charged with murder

A man is due in court today charged with the murder of his father in a double stabbing.

Police charged Tonbridge man Patrick Murphy with the murder of his father Joe last night.

Murphy, who was arrested after the attack, has been in custody since Tuesday night.

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Forensic officers have been on scene all morning. Picture: Martin Apps
Forensic officers have been on scene all morning. Picture: Martin Apps
Hectorage Road remained partially closed while investigations continued. Picture: Martin Apps
Hectorage Road remained partially closed while investigations continued. Picture: Martin Apps

Detectives were given extra time to question the 29-year-old and have now charged him with murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He is accused of the murder of 54-year-old Joe, who died at the scene in Hectorage Road on Tuesday.

Murphy remains in custody and is due to appear at Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court today. 

A 34-year-old man, believed to be the attacker's brother, Mark, also suffered knife wounds to his throat, upper arm and hand. He was flown to hospital in London.

Video: The scene of the fatal stabbing - Jem Collins reports

A swarm of emergency services descended on the area which remained partially cordoned off on Wednesday while police investigated. 

Eight police cars, three ambulances and two air ambulances, which landed at Hillview School, arrived in the street just after 7.30pm.

A white tent was erected around the terraced property and officers from the Serious Crime Directorate made house-to-house inquiries.

A man remains in custody after the double stabbing last night. Picture: Martin Apps
A man remains in custody after the double stabbing last night. Picture: Martin Apps
Patrick Murphy (left) and Mark Murphy (right)
Patrick Murphy (left) and Mark Murphy (right)

It is believed the trio involved lived together at the property.

The street remained a hive of police activity until just before 4pm on Wednesday when it was reopened.


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