Stephen Dempsey was stabbed in Oxford Circus last week (Image: PA)

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A man who was attacked in Oxford Circus died from a stab wound to the heart, an inquest has heard.

It heard Stephen Dempsey, 60, from Belfast, was stabbed four times at the tourist spot in London on July 1.

One of the stab wounds included a blow to his heart which proved fatal.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox told a short hearing at Westminster Coroner's Court on Friday how Mr Dempsey died.

The court heard Mr Dempsey was found injured outside the Microsoft store in Oxford Circus just before 8pm the same day and he later died in hospital.

His body was identified using a bank card found on his person and was confirmed using his passport.

The scene in Oxford Circus after the stabbing
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Mr Dempsey's mother Beryl Dempsey previously said his death had left her "shocked" and "lost for words".

In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, she said: "I feel lost for words. I still feel so shocked and I keep expecting him to just walk back through the door.

"He looked after me and I depended on him for so much. I relied on him for everything and I miss him terribly.

Mr Dempsey's mother has paid an emotional tribute to her son
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She also thanked two skateboarders who stepped in after the attack for their "courage and bravery".

The two men stopped when they came across Mr Dempsey and one used their skateboard to subdue the man police have charged with the stabbing, 25-year-old Tedi Fanta Hagos.

Detectives say the men led efforts to stop the suspect, but did not stay at the scene to speak to police.

They have been praised for showing "great courage" and police say their actions "potentially prevented others from being attacked".

The scene in Oxford Circus after the stabbing
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Police said in a statement: "Their key role has only come to light following a review of CCTV and other video footage of the incident and its aftermath."

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, who is leading the investigation, previously said: “In addition to being immensely brave, we believe these two individuals may also be key witnesses.

“In stepping forward as they did to apprehend a violent individual, they showed great courage and potentially prevented others from being attacked.

Police are searching for two skateboarders who helped to detain the suspect
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“I want to be clear that while they used force to subdue the attacker, those actions were entirely reasonable and are not in question.

"They can be assured that we wish to speak to them solely as witnesses.”

On Tuesday, July 6, Mr Fanta Hagos, of Ravenhill in Swansea, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

A plea hearing has been fixed for September 21.

Fanta Hagos has been remanded into custody.