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Friends pay tribute to ‘friendly’ man stabbed to death in Finsbury Park

Eyewitnesses saw a man claiming to be the victim's brother screaming and crying at the scene

04 January, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Forensics in Finsbury Park after a fatal stabbing

FRIENDS paid tribute to a man who was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park tonight describing him as a “gentleman” who was “respected by everyone”.

Takieddine Boudhane, 30, was stabbed to death in Charteris Road near the junction with Lennox Road on Friday night.

It is understood the victim worked as a delivery rider for both Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

Police say he was with another man, riding another motorcycle, at the time of the attack. This man did not remain at the scene, but he has now been spoken to by officers.

Victim of the attack Takieddine Boudhane, known locally as Taqi 

Eyewitnesses said that Mr Boudhane’s brother rushed to the scene and he broke down in tears screaming when the paramedics pronounced him dead at 7:42pm.

Nour Eddine, a close friend of Mr Boudhane’s, said: “He was a friendly guy who was working as a delivery driver. He was doing his shift tonight and man got out of a van and stabbed him to death.

“It is a big tragedy. His family was here earlier, all of them crying.”

Forensics in Finsbury Park after a fatal stabbing

Another friend, who did not want to be named, said: “He was a gentleman. We are all from Finsbury Park and we know each other well. He respected everybody and he had no issues with anyone.

“Whoever killed him was a coward.”

Takieddine Boudhane

Takieddine Boudhane

The police were called to the scene at 6:50pm. A murder investigation has been launched, but no arrests have been made at this stage.

Police are now hunting for the driver of a white VW Caddy panel type van, which was located and recovered by officers on the marking of Saturday 5 January.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “The investigation is making good progress, but I am still appealing for anyone with information, and witnesses who have yet to speak with police, to come forward and share anything they know or tell us what they saw.

“This is a busy thoroughfare and it is very likely that members of the public would have seen a fight in the road which they may also have captured on their phones.

“It would appear that an altercation took place at the junction of Lennox Road with Charteris Road between the victim, who was riding a motorcycle, and the driver of a van.

“The vehicle was a white VW Caddy panel type van which was located and recovered by police in Islington on the morning of Sunday, 5 January. It has been removed to a police compound where a full forensic examination will be undertaken.

“The driver and person believed responsible for this tragic matter is now the subject of a police manhunt. At this time I am unable to release any further information concerning the identity of the driver as this may hinder the ongoing police investigation.

“The incident itself appears to have been spontaneous and not connected to, or as a result of, anything other than a traffic altercation.”

A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

The man’s next of kin have been informed.

Tony Smith, who has lived in Lennox Road for about 30 years, said: “It is shocking. I went out to see what happened and we saw the man’s brother come down.

“He was shouting, ‘it’s my brother, it’s my brother.’

“The ambulance staff must have told him his brother had died because he then let out a big scream. I feel so sorry for the family.”

This is the first murder investigation to be launched in London this year.

Islington’s council leader Richard Watts tweeted that he was in touch with the police and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn.

“I am horrified to hear about this appalling crime,” he added. “What an awful start to the year.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD5934/3Jan.

Anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident, or the period before or after, is asked to save this and contact police if they may have captured anything relevant to the investigation.

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