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The local man charged with the murder of Joseph Griffiths has been remanded in custody.

Aaron De Silva, aged 20, of Warwick Road, SW5, was remanded when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Courton Friday November 16.

He will next appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday November 20 for a bail hearing.

As well as the murder, De Silva has also been charged with aggravated burglary following the incident on Saturday, 10 November.

Mr Griffiths, aged 73, was stabbed to death in the early hours of last Saturday, November 10 at his home in Hazlebury Road, off Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham.

He was a married man with two grown up sons.

Mr Griffith's family, have issued a statement saying "Joe was a husband, father and grandfather, he was a successful businessman who embraced life and lived it to the full.

"He took great pride in his business and it gave him immense satisfaction that three generations of the Griffiths family were employed there.

"Joe's sudden and tragic demise has shocked and saddened all who knew and loved him, and has left a great void in all our lives. We will miss his forthright views and wicked sense of fun.

"Joe leaves behind a wife, two sons and seven grandchildren, who all completely adore and miss him.

"The support from our friends, our customers, old and new has been overwhelming, we greatly appreciate it."

There were other people in the house at the time but none of them were injured.

An Incident Room has been set up at Belgravia Police Station and anyone with information is asked to call 020 7321 7228. Alternatively, if you would like to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

February 13, 2014