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Teenager, 17, denies murdering ex-Tory activist's aspiring lawyer son

A teenager accused of murdering the son of a Tory activist in a case of mistaken identity when he went to buy a bagel denied the charge at the Old Bailey today.  

Aspiring lawyer Sven Badzak, 22, was set upon by up to six youths as he was walking along Willesden Lane, Kilburn, northwest London, with his 16-year-old friend.

Mr Badzak and the teenager were chased at around 5.30pm on February 6 and became separated.

The attackers caught up with Mr Badzak and he was knifed repeatedly and pronounced dead at the scene.

His 16-year-old friend also suffered multiple stab injuries but managed to escape into a shop in Willesden Lane.

Officers investigating the murder of 22-year-old Sven Badzak (pictured) in Kilburn continue to appeal for more witnesses to come forward

Sven Badzak met Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a child. He was stabbed to death on his way to pick up some orange juice

Pictured: Police parked at the scene of a stabbing on Willesden Lane on February 7, 2021 

Mr Badzak's mother, a former Tory party activist, said her son was walking to a bagel shop when he was knifed to death in the attack, involving six people, on February 6 

The teenage suspect, 16 at the time but now 17, appeared court via video-link from Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution, speaking to confirm his identity and deny murdering Mr Badzak and attempting to murder his friend.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

His co-defendants, Rashid Gedel, 20, and Shiroh Ambersley, 21, earlier denied murdering Mr Badzak and attempting to murder his 16-year-old friend.

Anthony Orchard, QC, prosecuting, earlier, said it was clear Mr Badzak was a victim of mistaken identity.

He said: 'Sven Badzak was pronounced life extinct at 6.28pm that evening. Neither victim was a gang member or associate. They were victims of mistaken identity.' 

Sven’s mother, former Conservative Party activist Jasna Badzak, said her son had gone to a shop to get orange juice and then to the bagel shop when he was attacked.

Sven was privately educated at Wetherby and Portland Place schools before attending Roehampton University.

Judge Anuja Dhir remanded the teenager in custody ahead of his trial at the Old Bailey on 18 July next year.

He denied murder and attempted murder.