PM insists 'everything' being done to tackle violent crime after grieving mother's plea

8 February 2021, 15:19 | Updated: 8 February 2021, 17:03

Boris Johnson pictured with Sven Badzak
Boris Johnson pictured with Sven Badzak. Picture: Jasna Badzak

By Patrick Grafton-Green

Boris Johnson has said "absolutely everything" is being done to tackle violent crime after a former Conservative party activist pleaded with him for help following the death of her only son.

Sven Badzak, a 22-year-old aspiring lawyer, was stabbed to death after being chased and attacked by a group in Kilburn, north-west London, on Saturday.

Jasna Badzak believes her son and a friend who was left in a critical condition were attacked “for no reason”.

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She said Mr Badzak met the Prime Minister and other well-known Conservative politicians when he was younger, through her campaigning work with the party.

Asked what she would say to Mr Johnson, she said: "This is a child and his mother who helped you get elected. You knew Sven. You were high-fiving him as your mate.

"I want to hear from him (Boris Johnson), from (David) Cameron, from (George) Osborne."

She added: "I just want the Prime Minister to tell the police to do their job, catch the perpetrators, get the evidence beyond any doubt and convict them."

Sven Badzak was stabbed to death on Saturday
Sven Badzak was stabbed to death on Saturday. Picture: Met Police

Mr Johnson said his thoughts are with Ms Badzak and her family "in mourning the loss of her son".

He told reporters: "I think that what's happening on the streets of too many of our cities is very, very sad and I want to see kids protected from some of the gang crime, the knife crime, the culture of violence that they're all too often sucked up in."

He said he is concerned there could be a "rebounding" in crime figures as the country emerges from lockdown, adding efforts are being made to ensure a "tough policing policy response".

The Prime Minister also said he wanted to "make sure that kids, young people, have other things to do, they don't get sucked into the nihilistic culture of these gangs".

He said there has been "some success" on that front, but added: "That's no consolation, I know, to a grieving mother, but we are doing absolutely everything we can to fight those gangs."

Jasna Badzak holds pictures of her son
Jasna Badzak holds pictures of her son. Picture: PA

Ms Badzak said her son had gone to a shop to get orange juice and then to a bagel shop when he was attacked.

The consultant and financial analyst said: "I can't believe it's happening to me, that it happened to my child who was so, so far away from any of those kind of things (violence). I just can't believe this is actually happening."

"He was beloved by everyone," she added.

She urged anyone with information about what happened to come forward.

Mr Badzak, from Maida Hill, west London, was privately educated at Wetherby and Portland Place schools before attending Roehampton University where he got a degree in sociology.

A police officer at the scene of the fatal stabbing
A police officer at the scene of the fatal stabbing. Picture: PA

Police have described the attack, which happened at 5.30pm, as "barbaric" and said they believe "Sven and his friend became involved in an altercation with a group of males".

Lead detective Chief Inspector Darren Jones, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "As this group chased the pair, Sven and his friend became separated.

"Sven fell to the ground and was attacked by a number of the group.

"His friend was also attacked but managed to seek sanctuary in a shop; however, he remains critically ill in hospital."

Mr Jones said police will support the families through their investigation and that a "team of highly experienced officers will be working tirelessly to locate and apprehend those responsible for this horrific attack".