Detectives believe that an aspiring attorney who was stabbed while buying a bagel was subjected to an “unprovoked attack” by a group of six young men.
A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murdering 22-year-old Sven Badzak in Kilburn, north-west London, were released on bail last Saturday.
Mr Badzak, who worked for his father’s construction company and was hoping for a law conversion course, was waiting outside a bagel shop with his 16-year-old friend when the couple was attacked.
His mother, Jasna Badzak, a former Conservative Party activist, said she believed her son was killed in an accidental attack.
Detectives do not believe the victims knew their attacker and have no information that could suggest it was a robbery.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley said on Friday, “At the moment we have no information other than this. It was certainly an unprovoked attack.
“It went very, very quickly and Sven and his young friend were attacked for no reason that we know of at the time.
“There were six who attacked the two young men. The two arrested have now been released on bail.
“We are still doing our research to confirm the identity of all participants.
“This group of young men came to this area and pulled together as a group before the offense.
“The offense took place, I think they went together in a group in the beginning too, so I think they acted together.
“The group of men has been described as a mix of white and black men, and these are the descriptions that are currently different from various witnesses.”
Ms. Badzak said her son, who had been privately educated at the schools in Wetherby and Portland Place prior to attending Roehampton University, went to a shop for orange juice and then to a bagel shop when he was attacked.
When he and his friend were persecuted at around 5:30 p.m. they broke up and Mr Badzak of Maida Hill in west London fell to the ground and was repeatedly stabbed.
The 16-year-old also suffered multiple stab wounds but escaped to a shop on Willesden Lane. He is currently in stable condition in the hospital.
Mr. Wrigley again appealed to witnesses, saying: “We are nearing a week since the crime. We arrested two people, but we still need more information about who was there that evening and what happened.
“We know that there were many people on foot who might have seen this on the evening of the crime, but also people who drove past in vehicles.
“I’m looking for information from these people and would ask them to come forward.”
Ms. Badzak said her son, who had a degree in sociology but wanted to be a lawyer, met Boris Johnson and other prominent Conservative politicians when he was younger through campaigning with the party.
Detectives investigating the fatal knife stab of 22-year-old Sven Badzak in #Kilburn have made a second arrest. Anyone with information that could help the investigation call 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580 / 06Feb, or contact @CrimestoppersUK https://t.co/IqM0WurzGQ
– Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) February 10, 2021
The prime minister said “absolutely everything” will be done to combat violent crime after Ms. Badzak, a consultant and financial analyst, urged him to see that her son’s murderers are caught.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death Thursday night in a fight near Parsons Green Underground Station in south-west London.
Mr Wrigley said there will be additional patrols in areas where violent attacks have been carried out.
“We do everything we can to deal with young people who think it’s okay to take knives on the streets,” he said.
“Statistically, if you carry a knife, you’re more likely to be a victim, and obviously more likely to use it, so don’t.”
Witnesses to the attack on Mr Badzak are asked to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers.