THE brother of a man who died from head injuries after an assault has spoken exclusively to the Gazette of his family's grief.
Abdullahi Osman, 31, died in hospital on August 13, two days after allegedly being attacked at a bus stop in Dean Gardens in The Broadway, West Ealing, just after 4.30am.
Two men have been charged with the murder.
Mr Osman lived with his younger brother Abdinasir Osman, 26, who recalls the police visiting the home he shared with his brother, near Hillingdon Hospital, to deliver the tragic news
"Abdullahi only had his oyster card with him when he was attacked, and police found me by using his fingerprints.
"Two plain clothes officers came round the evening after the incident, and told me that he was in a critical condition.
"I went straight to the hospital with them, and he was already brain dead when I got there. While I was always hopeful, I soon realised that he had no hope."
The heartbreaking decision was taken by the family to switch off his life support machine on August 13, and he succumbed to his devastating injuries several hours later.
A post mortem gave cause of death as a blunt trauma injury to the head.
Speaking about the impact on his family, he said: "My mum is really fragile at the moment, and the whole family is still in shock. It has affected us all deeply.
"My five-year-old daughter Samsam still asks where her uncle is, I've told her that he is having a long sleep, and she doesn't fully understand what has happened.
"We were more like twin brothers, and even when he wasn't living with me, we were always together. I am still trying to move on, but it still hurts to think about what happened."
*Sade Samanter, 20, and 33 year-old Ibrahim Dualeh, both of no fixed address, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, September 6.
Both men were remanded in custody and are due back at the same court on Thursday, November 10 for a plea and case management hearing.
A third suspect, 22 year-old Mohamed Ahmed Jeylani, of Regina Road, Southall, was released with no further action.