Date: 15 Jun 2003
Michael Austin was attacked by two men outside the Farringdon Underground Station just after midnight on 12 June 2003.
It was thought that the men had beaten him with an iron bar.
He was taken to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where he underwent emergency surgery but died three days later without regaining consciousness.
Two men were seen running from the scene. They were both described as white and scruffy looking. They were caught running off and later seen arriving at a nightclub where they met three other men but they were never identified.
The first man was said to have been about 5ft 7ins tall with dark hair styled in a centre-parting and wearing dark clothing.
The second man was said to have been between 5ft to 5ft 5ins tall and wearing dark clothing with short cropped hair.
It was said that there were 47 CCTV cameras in the area at the time but that only 2 of them had been working.
Michael Austin had lived in Highbury, north London and had recently been married. However, his mother said that the truth was that he had only known his wife for six weeks, three of which were before they got married and that after two weeks with her he had returned to his mother’s flat saying that he had made the biggest mistake of his life. His mother said that he watched Michael Austin call his wife the night he was attacked to tell her that it was over.
His mother said that Michael Austin was a heroin addict and that he was often borrowing money from her to buy drugs and said that on the night he was killed he had borrowed money from her.
She said that when he was killed the police used to come round everyday but said that nobody comes to see her about it now which she said she put down to Michael Austin being a drug addict.
She noted that he had been attending a methadone clinic in King’s Cross every week and that he never begged.
She also noted that all of his friends were also now dead.