Colleagues at Buckingham Foods wept this week after hearing their 33-year-old hygiene manager, Dave Law, had died in hospital from stab wounds on Monday evening.
“Dave was a well respected and much liked member of the team,” said Joe Rainert, managing director of Buckingham Foods.
“He had been with the company for many years and more importantly, to a lot of people, became a close friend.”
Police were called to an incident in the garden of a semi-detached house in Lichfield Down, Walnut Tree at 8.16pm on Monday. They found Dave critically injured and another man bleeding from less serious facial injuries.
Both were taken to hospital, where, despite a valiant effort by doctors to save his life, Dave died shortly afterwards.
Suresh Nahar, who is 32, had been under a 24-hour police watch while in hospital, and was charged on Wednesday evening with murder.
Officers have assured concerned neighbours they are not at risk from a random attacker.
Dave, described by friends as a ‘happy-go-lucky’ and ‘caring’ character, had a steady girlfriend and was a member of a close family.
Now Buckingham Foods bosses are liaising with the family about arrangements for the funeral, which hundreds of colleagues are expected to attend.
A post mortem was carried out on Wednesday morning, the results of which had not been released at the time of going to press.
Meanwhile, ward councillor Lee Barney said: “I would like to reassure residents Walnut Tree is normally a safe and quiet neighbourhood, and this isolated incident comes as a shock to the whole community.
“The police are investigating this and, to provide further reassurance to residents, will be stepping up their patrols in the area.
“At this very sad time my thoughts are with the family and friends of the late Mr Law.”