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Hemel Hempstead stabbing: Three people charged

David Molloy Image copyright Hertfordshire Police
Image caption David Molloy was fatally stabbed in Saturn Way, Hemel Hempstead

Police investigating a fatal stabbing have charged three people in connection with the murder inquiry.

David Molloy, 24, died at the scene in Saturn Way, Hemel Hempstead just after 02:20 GMT on Tuesday, 13 March.

Karen Payne, 37, of Saturn Way, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Emma Payne, 40, of Eight Acres, Tring, and Matthew Eyles, 43, of no fixed address, have been charged with assisting an offender.

A fourth person, 27-year-old man from Luton, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

The three defendants appeared before magistrates at Hatfield Remand Court on Thursday and were remanded in custody. They will next appear at Luton Crown Court in April.

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are continuing to work to establish the exact circumstances around the incident and inquiries are ongoing to identify and locate further individuals who may have been involved."

Mr Molloy's family have paid tribute to a "devoted son, brother, uncle and a loving father" who was the "life and soul of the party and our family".

"David was loyal, fun loving, and always smiling. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to help a friend," a statement, issued via Hertfordshire Police, said.

"Our lives will never be the same again."

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Image caption Police were called to the scene in Hemel Hempstead in the early hours of Tuesday
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Image caption Floral tributes have been left in memory of the victim outside the house

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