Page last updated at 12:21 GMT, Monday, 10 May 2010 13:21 UK

Police 'know identity of Finsbury Park bus killer'

Marcin Bilaszewski
Marcin Bilaszewski was stabbed outside Finsbury Park Tube station

Police believe they know the identity of a man who stabbed a 19-year-old to death during a row on a bus.

Marcin Bilaszewski, who was from Poland but was living in Tottenham, north London, was killed outside Finsbury Park Tube station on Saturday night.

Officers have examined bus CCTV footage, found some of the suspect's possessions and checked details of journeys made using his Oyster Card.

Mr Bilaszewski is the 11th teenager to be violently killed in London in 2010.

He was reportedly killed defending his girlfriend.

Marcus Drzymota, a friend of Mr Bilaszewski, said a man on the bus had started insulting them and then punched Mr Bilaszewski's girlfriend.

'Pulled out knife'

Mr Drzymota, 18, said: "There was a big group of us, around 20 to 25 people, but a man on the bus started insulting us for no reason. None of us knew him.

"As we were getting off the bus most of the group had gone ahead when the man punched Ania [the girlfriend].

"Marcin then tried to protect her, but the man pulled out a knife and stabbed him before running away."

Marcin Bilaszewski
The teenager was stabbed outside Finsbury Park Tube station

Mr Drzymota added: "He seemed disturbed because of the way he was acting - I think he was on drugs."

Paying tribute to the killed teenager, another friend, Eliza Kowalczyk, 17, said: "Marcin was really lovely.

"He had loads of friends. He came here five years ago and left school when he was 18 to go to work."

She added that his girlfriend was "too upset to say anything".

On Sunday, forensic teams examined both the bus and bus stop.

They also sealed off an underpass which is part of Finsbury Park Station.



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