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Campaign for family of ‘one of a kind’ dad Tony McDermott allegedly murdered in Grantham

A fundraiser has been set up to support the family of a man who was allegedly murdered in a Lincolnshire town. Police received a 999 call to a property on Eton Street, Grantham, just after 4.20am on Saturday, October 14, and found Tony McDermott with what are believed to be knife wounds.

Mr McDermott, 38, was pronounced dead at the property during the early hours. Nicholas Christopher Ward, 37, of Eton Street, Grantham, was charged with his murder on Monday, October 16.

Ward appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday, October 17, for a preliminary hearing. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and spoke only to confirm his name. His Honour Judge Simon Hirst set a plea and trial preparation hearing for January 8, 2024, with the trial itself scheduled for April 15, 2024.

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A GoFundMe page has now been set up by Michael Clarke with an aim to support Mr McDermott’s family. In the fundraiser description, Mr Clarke writes: “I want do what we can at this tragic time to help Tony’s family with funeral costs.

“Tony was one of a kind, he had his flaws but he had the biggest heart and would help anyone he could. His crazy sense of humour was one of a kind. He was a loving father and was so proud of his children.

“I know how loved Tony was and how missed he will be, so I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to show their support.” At the time of writing, more than £4,600 has been raised for Mr McDermott’s family, with a current goal of £5,000.

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