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Polish man 'murdered in Finsbury Park after WWII slurs'

Marcin Bilaszewski
Image caption Marcin Bilaszewski was stabbed outside Finsbury Park station

A Polish teenager was killed by a man in north London who blamed his country for World War II, a court has heard.

Marcin Bilaszewski, 19, was stabbed outside Finsbury Park station last May. The teenager, who lived in Tottenham, was attacked following a row on a bus.

Dutch national Alphonse Kruizinga, 33, of no fixed address, denies the murder and two charges of knife possession.

The jury was told he had been "stalking" the victim before attacking him as he walked to a party.

When Mr Kruizinga was arrested a few days later he had two knives concealed in his sleeves, the court was told.

'War not over'

In the weeks leading up to the stabbing he had been "complaining about Polish people and saying there would be bloodshed soon," said Roger Smart, prosecuting.

On the night of the death Mr Kruizinga had been making comments "of an extremely strange and offensive nature," Mr Smart said.

He explained: "For example, on the way to the bus stop he began to say that it was the fault of the Polish that the Second World War had occurred.

"He said that it was not over yet and there was going to be a lot of blood and he was going to get each of them one by one."

The victim's girlfriend, Anna Betlinska, became enraged by the comments and a fight started, the court heard.

Mr Smart said: "Mr Bilaszewski also became involved. He was not armed.

"Alphonse Kruizinga then produced a knife from his sleeve or pocket and in a swinging motion stabbed the deceased to his lower back."

The trial continues.

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