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Detectives issue new appeal for information about Kilburn murder

News   •   Feb 13, 2021 07:00 GMT

Sven Badzak

A week on from the murder of 22-year-old Sven Badzak in Kilburn, detectives continue to appeal for the public’s help.

Two arrests have been made since Sven was fatally stabbed on Willesden Lane, NW6, on Saturday, 6 February. Police are still searching for further suspects.

Officers are continuing their enquiries and will be engaging with the public and distributing leaflets in the area today (Saturday, 12 February).

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, Specialist Crime North, said: “We are making good progress, having made two arrests, but we want to identify further suspects and are appealing for the public’s help. Were you in the area at the time? Did you see or hear anything? If so, I would urge you to get in touch. Any detail, no matter how small, could help us. If you have mobile phone dash camera footage, please get in touch.

“Sven’s life was taken from him in a shocking and completely unprovoked attack. His family has been left utterly devastated and we are doing everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.”

Police were called at approximately 17:40hrs on Saturday, 6 February to reports of a stabbing in Willesden Lane.

Officers attended, along with the London Ambulance Service, and found Sven with stab injuries. Despite efforts to save him he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday, 8 February, confirmed he died of multiple stab wounds.

Sven's family are being supported by specialist officers.

Superintendent Louis Smith, in charge of policing for North West London, said: “This was an appalling attack which has, understandably, left the community in shock. We want to reassure the public that incidents such as this are rare and that we are doing everything we can to find the people responsible.”

A 17-year-old male [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, 9 February.

A 19-year-old man [B] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday, 10 February.

Both have since been released on bail.

Anybody with information that can help the investigation is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580/06FEB.

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

A 16-year-old male was also found suffering stab injuries. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.