A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of a young dad in Thornton Heath following the discovery of a body near the River Thames.
Colin McSweeny, 58, appeared at Bromley Magistrates' Court this morning charged with murdering Shaun McSweeny, 24, and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
Colin McSweeny, of Parry Road, South Norwood, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday (November 25).
Father-of-one Shaun McSweeny was found in the back of a car in Evelyn Street, near Deptford Wharf shortly before 3am yesterday (Friday) and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His friends gathered outside court to pay tribute.
A friend who had known Shaun McSweeny for five or six years, but asked not to be named, said: "He was a top bloke who had raised a little one almost by himself. He was just the nicest bloke you could ever meet and he was always up for a laugh."