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Relatives condemn carjack murder

Relatives have condemned the "senseless" carjack murder of a garage owner as police questioned four young men over the attack.

Harjinder Singh Bhurji, 32, died in a pool of blood after being stabbed when he refused to hand over keys to his black Mercedes CLK coupe.

As three suspects - aged 20, 19 and 17 - were arrested on suspicion of murder, the victim's best friend Gurmit Birdi, 32, said Mr Bhurji's family was "distraught".

And on Wednesday night, police said a fourth man who was originally arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods in relation to a separate matter has now been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Bachelor Mr Bhurji was sitting in his sports car talking to a female friend when a robber opened the passenger door and dragged the woman from the car.

The victim, who lived in Ilford, east London, initially tried to hide the car keys under his seat but the robber threatened to harm his friend if he did not hand them over. He was stabbed as he attempted to retrieve the keys before the thief drove off with the car.

Mr Birdi, a British Airways cabin crew member, said Mr Bhurji had been due to act as best man at his wedding in India on November 1. He added: "He was a very nice person, he never did anything wrong. He lived his life and enjoyed his life, he was a happy person. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Mr Bhurji's uncle, Narinder Shargill, who has flown from San Francisco to be with his relatives, said the attack was unimaginable.

Mr Shargill said: "My sister got married two weeks ago so the entire family was here from all over the world. It was a time of joy and celebration. Two weeks later to be in a state of mourning is just incredible. We just can't imagine something like this (would) happen. This crime is so senseless."

Mr Bhurji was pronounced dead at the scene in Stoneleigh Road, Ilford, after police were called at 1.10am on Tuesday. The car, registration number R4 JXW, was found abandoned in Forest Glade, Chingford, east London, at 2.45am. Mr Bhurji's friend was found at the scene uninjured but suffering from shock.


From Belfast Telegraph