Kempston murder inquiry: Serafettin Demirsay's partner traumatised

Serafettin Demirsay Serafettin Demirsay, 65, was stabbed after answering a knock at the door

Related Stories

A woman who tried to defend her partner as he was stabbed to death in their Bedfordshire home has been left traumatised by the attack, police say.

Turkish-born Serafettin Demirsay, 65, was killed in Vineyard Way, Kempston, at about 21:30 BST on 14 May after three men forced their way in.

His 68-year-old partner was threatened, stabbed in the arm and had money and jewellery stolen.

A man, 24, arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

Police have returned to the scene one week on from the murder to stop cars and pedestrians in a bid to find people who may have seen the men approach the house.

Mr Demirsay, known locally as Sharif, was stabbed after answering a knock at the door.

His partner, who had lived with him for more than 20 years, tried to stop the attack before being hurt herself.

She was treated in hospital and is now recovering from her injuries.

'Utterly devastated'

Det Ch Insp Tim Redfearn said he had visited the woman who witnessed Sharif being "brutally stabbed".

"It was a very emotional meeting and I can only describe this lady as being utterly devastated," he said.

"Three men entered Sharif's home and we need to identify them and why they did this."

During the incident, the offenders stole items from the woman's handbag including about £1,000 intended for use at a family wedding, and jewellery of sentimental value.

The gold Asian-style pieces included eight bangles, all with designs on the outside, one plain heavy gold ring and three rings with imitation stones.

A pair of drop earrings, with bell-shaped bottoms, gold earrings with red stones and cut-out design and two chains, one with a leaf design, were also taken.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw three men approaching the house on 14 May or who has seen anyone with the jewellery.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Beds, Herts & Bucks

Weather

Luton

17 °C 11 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • planesEnd of the line

    The vast ‘boneyards’ that are home to thousands of aircraft that have come to end of their flying days

Programmes

  • A screenshot from Goat SimulatorClick Watch

    The goat simulator which started as a joke but became a surprising hit, plus other tech news

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.