A KILLER who stabbed his victim 54 times during a frenzied attack at a flat in Talgarth Road has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Thomas Kearney, 39, went berserk with a knife and murdered Fulham fan and father-of-two David Remmer, 35, at the hostel at which they both lived in December last year, before he fled with £3,000 his victim was meant to take on holiday.
Mr Remmer, who was a regular at Craven Cottage and worked for a removal company, was knifed in the torso, back and head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Old Bailey heard Mr Remmer had been planning to go on holiday to Thailand to visit his uncle and was due to fly from Heathrow on the evening of December 6.
But after spending that afternoon drinking in the pub because he was nervous of flying, he was refused boarding because he was drunk and returned to the hostel at about 1am the following day.
CCTV footage shows he had trouble getting back into the building as he did not have his keys and ended up trying to force a door.
Kearney, who lived in the top floor bedsit, came downstairs to investigate the noise, and the two men then went out, returning to the building at about 3.30am. Mr Remmer was never seen alive again.
The victims’s sister raised the alarm after he didn’t arrive in Thailand, and his body was discovered by hostel staff.
A large blood-covered kitchen knife was found at the scene, along with shoes Kearney had been seen wearing, also covered in Mr Remmer’s blood.
Kearney had left the address at 6am and fled to Ireland, having stolen £3,000 in cash that Mr Remmer had planned to take with him to Thailand.
He was tracked down and extradited back to the Britain on January 24 and charged with murder.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector Liz Baker, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We don’t know what went on inside Kearney’s flat but it’s clear both men were both extremely intoxicated. Either an argument started or Kearney realised that David Remmer had a large amount of cash on him ready for his holiday and saw an opportunity to make some easy cash.”