Polish immigrant stabbed to death while protecting his girlfriend.
Marcin Bilaszewski, a 19-year-old Pole, was killed after a “disturbed” bus passenger started shouting abuse at a group of teens celebrating his girlfriend’s 18th birthday party on Saturday night. Mr Bilaszewski led them off the bus, away from the trouble, after the suspect had allegedly punched his girlfriend, Ania Betlinska.
But the man pursued the group down the street towards Finsbury Park Tube station and stabbed the teenager in the stomach, police said. Mr Bilaszewski, who came to Britain five years ago, became the eighth teenager killed in London in the past six weeks. Senior Scotland Yard officers are “alarmed” at the sudden upsurge in deaths.
Friends of the victim, who worked as a builder with his father in Stamford Hill, north London, told yesterday of his “heroic” actions to defend Miss Betlinska, an art and design student. Dagmara Drzymota, who was with the party, said they had got a No.254 bus to Finsbury Park Tube and they were heading to a party in central London.
"There was a big group of us, around 20 to 25 people, but a man on the bus started insulting us for no reason,” she said. “None of us knew him. He seemed to be acting in a disturbed way. I think he was on drugs. "As we were getting off the bus most of the group had gone ahead when the man punched Anna.
"Marcin then tried to protect her, but the man pulled out a knife and stabbed him before running away.” She described the attacker as a black man aged between 30 and 40. It is believed that the suspect is known to police, but officers had not tracked him down yesterday. Another friend, Eliza Kowalczyk, led dozens of tributes to the victim. [...].
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "At this early stage it is believed the victim and a group of friends were travelling on a route 254 bus from Stamford Hill to Finsbury Park underground station. "At some point during this journey, a verbal altercation took place between the suspect and the victim's group.
"All alighted the bus at Finsbury Park underground station where the altercation escalated and the victim was stabbed. It is believed the stabbing took place on a footway outside the station. "The suspect, a black male, made off from the scene on foot. There have been no arrests".
Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it :)
What really amazes me is the fact that 25 people stood and did nothing while one of their number, a female, is punched in the face and another is then knifed to death by ONE man!!. I think a collective Darwin award is in order. What a bunch of spineless craven cowards.....