A teenager today described how her boyfriend was stabbed to death by a crazed knifeman who then gave her a chilling smile and warned “I’m going to kill you all”.
Marcin Bilaszewski, 19, was stabbed once in the stomach as he tried to protect his girlfriend Ania Betlinska, 17, after she was punched by the man near Finsbury Park Tube station.
The couple were part of a group of 20 to 25 Polish friends on their way to a West End club to celebrate Miss Betlinska’s 18th birthday next week.
Mr Bilaszewski was attacked at about 11.20pm on Saturday following an argument on a No 254 bus. He died after being taken to hospital.
Today Miss Betlinska sobbed as she described how the killer appeared to smoke drugs after he got off a bus in Seven Sisters Road at the same time as the group of friends.
Speaking at her home in Tottenham, she said: “He punched me in the neck and while my back was turned from the impact I saw something out of the corner of my eye.
“I ran after him, grabbed his jacket and then turned round and saw Marcin on the floor, deathly white and bleeding.
“The last thing I saw of the man was him turning back to me smiling and saying I’m going to come back and kill you all’. The guy was 100 per cent on drugs. He had crazy eyes and was smoking something outside the bus, maybe crack or marijuana.”
Her sister Joanna, 16, said: “I saw him take out a knife, stab Marcin in the stomach and then run off. I ran over to Marcin and started talking to him but he was so pale and there was blood everywhere.”
Miss Betlinska, a student at City and Islington College, said the group first saw the man earlier that night. “He got on the same bus as us at Stamford Hill and was shouting at us and offering us vodka,” she said.
“We kept telling him to go away but he was really persistent. He had been shouting at us and following us for about two hours. He was between 25 and 30 and black. When we got on the bus he didn’t even have an Oyster card, he had to buy a ticket.
“Then when we got to Finsbury Park he started a fight with some of my friends, I told him to calm down but he was just crazy. When we got off the bus he started a fight and started shouting at Marcin saying Do you want to fight.’ I got a surge of adrenaline and pushed him. He punched me in the neck then and while my back was turned that was when the stabbing happened.”
Speaking of her relationship with Mr Bilaszewski, she said: “We have been together for 18 months and we met in London. He was so brave and had a really good heart.”
Police are studying CCTV footage from the bus and the Tube station.
Mr Bilaszewski is the 11th teenager to be killed in London this year.