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Killer jailed in Polish war slur stab case

Alphonse Kruizinga
Image caption Alphonse Kruizinga had knives hidden up his sleeves when he was arrested

A man who killed a Polish teenager outside a London Underground station must serve at least five years in jail.

Alphonse Kruizinga, 34, who stabbed Marcin Bilaszewski, 19, outside Finsbury Park station in May 2010, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The Dutch national told his victim it was "the fault of the Polish that the Second World War had occurred".

He was given the public protection order after being convicted of manslaughter and knife possession.

Mr Bilaszewski and his friends had been on a night out to celebrate the 18th birthday of Mr Bilaszewski's girlfriend, the Old Bailey heard during the trial in February.

Kruizinga, of no fixed address, followed them when they boarded a bus and kept pursuing them after they disembarked, despite requests to leave them alone, the court was told.

Mr Bilaszewski's girlfriend, Anna Betlinska, became "outraged", and when Kruizinga refused to go away, she kicked him and her boyfriend pushed him, jurors heard.

Image caption Marcin Bilaszewski was celebrating his girlfriend's birthday with a group of friends when he was killed

She said she was angry and was being held back by her friends but the next time she saw Mr Bilaszewski he was on the ground.

Kruizinga ran off and was found with two knives hidden up his sleeves when he was arrested days later.

He was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a majority of 10-2 by the jury on the grounds of provocation.

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