Four arrested over murder of aspiring lawyer, 22, released on bail

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Four arrested over murder of aspiring lawyer, 22, released on bail

Alleged perpetrators in the killing of Sven Badzak, whose father is Jewish, were held this week over the 'completely unprovoked' attack

Left: Sven celebrating Chanukah and Christmas. Right: His grieving mother Jasna holding a picture of her only son
Left: Sven celebrating Chanukah and Christmas. Right: His grieving mother Jasna holding a picture of her only son

Four people arrested over the murder of an aspiring lawyer have been released on police bail.

Sven Badzak, 22, whose father is Jewish, was stabbed to death in a “completely unprovoked” attack by six young men as he went to buy a bagel in Kilburn on February 6.

The Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that four suspects arrested in connection with the death had been bailed until late March.

They are two men aged 19 and 20, who were both arrested on suspicion of murder in the past two days, and two others aged 17 and 19 who were held on suspicion of murder earlier in the month.

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Sven had gone to a shop to get orange juice and then to a bagel shop when he was attackedz

The victim, from Maida Hill and his 16-year-old friend were chased. They became separated and Mr Badzak fell to the ground and was stabbed repeatedly.

The 16-year-old also suffered multiple stab injuries but managed to escape into a shop in Willesden Lane and is in a stable condition in hospital.

Anybody with information is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580/06Feb or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Speaking to Jewish News last week, his mother Jasna told Jewish News that Sven Badzak’s Jewish grandmother survived a Nazi round-up during the Holocaust.

From the town of Rogatica, now in Bosnia and Herzegovina, his paternal grandmother’s family were captured, but as a five-year-old, she “was in the neighbour’s house playing with other kids”, so evaded the round-up.

Jasna said: “We celebrate Chanukah, other major holidays” and that he knew “how to say ‘shana tovah’ (happy new year)”.

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