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Fears Finsbury Park ‘road rage killer’ has fled UK

Police believe suspect in fatal stabbing of delivery driver is in Austria

10 January, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Taki Eddine Boudhane’s mother Saida Boudhane and brother Islam with close friend Zakaria Gherabi at the scene of the stabbing

DETECTIVES fear a van driver suspected of killing a chef in a possible road rage stab attack may have already fled the country to Austria.

Taki Eddine Boudhane, 30, who also worked as a delivery driver, died in Finsbury Park on Friday night.

It is understood there was an altercation with a driver of a white VW Caddy-type van, who followed Mr Boudhane’s scooter to the junction of Lennox Road and Charteris Road.

Mr Boudhane was stabbed after a struggle and later died at the scene.

Takieddine Boudhane

Taki Eddine Boudhane

A witness and close friend, who asked not to be named, said Mr Boudhane was praying as he died.

His brother, Islam, reached the scene only to see emergency services desperately trying to save Mr Boudhane’s life.

“I saw my brother lying down on the floor,” he said. “There was blood everywhere. Officers didn’t let me see. They were trying to bring him back to life.

One was giving him blood, while one was massaging his heart to try and bring him back. I knew it when I saw him, he was gone. But I kept saying to myself, he’s going to wake up.”

Islam added: “I was shouting my name because if he hears my name I know he’ll get up, as if that will make him get up. But he never did.”

The white van was found abandoned by police on Saturday morning.

Police in Finsbury Park after the stabbing

Speaking to the Tribune at the Finsbury Park Muslim Welfare House, Islington’s police borough commander Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli said police suspect the killer flew to Austria the morning after the stabbing.

“There is a person of interest who we believe flew to Austria,” he said. “I’m confident this investigation will come to a conclusion.”

He added: “I’m a father too. The death of anyone is emotional, but no family should have to go through this.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the murder investigation, said it was making good progress, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“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,” he said.

“The driver and the 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.”

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