Tragic Mistaken Identity: Aspiring Lawyer Fatally Stabbed in Gang-Style Attack

Tragic Mistaken Identity: Aspiring Lawyer Fatally Stabbed in Gang-Style Attack

Two drug dealers have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an aspiring lawyer, Sven Badzak, in a heartbreaking case of mistaken identity.


The brutal attack took place on February 6, 2021, in Kilburn, north-west London, leaving Mr. Badzak dead and his 16-year-old friend seriously injured.

Gang-Style Attack:

Sven Badzak, 22, and his teenage friend were assaulted by a group of six young men in what was described as a “gang-style attack.”

The perpetrators believed they were protecting their drugs territory, but their victims had no association with any gang.

Tragic Outcome:

As a result of the attack, Mr. Badzak sustained four stab wounds, one of which proved to be fatal, while his 16-year-old friend suffered a nearly fatal injury to his back.


It was a cruel case of mistaken identity, as both victims were innocent and unrelated to any gang-related activities.

Heartbreaking Testimonies:

During the trial, the court heard heart-wrenching statements from the victims’ families.

Jasna Badzak, Sven’s mother, described her son as the “kindest person to walk the earth” and expressed the profound loss she feels.

The mother of the 16-year-old victim shared how her son now suffers from PTSD, night terrors, and has withdrawn socially since the incident.

Perpetrators and Their Sentences

Rashid Gedel, 22, from Ilford, and Shiroh Ambersley, 23, from Wembley, were found guilty of murder in the case.


Harvey Canavan, 19, from Maida Vale, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and unlawful wounding.

Lior Agbayan, 20, remains at large in the Ivory Coast, and two other suspects have not been identified.

Regret and Remorse:

During the trial, Gedel expressed regret for his actions, while Ambersley’s defense claimed his actions were a result of his youth and lack of supervision.

Canavan admitted to being involved in the incident but stated that causing serious harm was never his intention.

Sentences Handed Down:

Judge John Dodd KC referred to the attack as “brutal and savage” and acknowledged that Sven Badzak was an innocent young man who had done nothing wrong.


Gedel and Ambersley were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 27 years for murder, with concurrent sentences of 12 years for wounding with intent.

Canavan received a sentence of seven and a half years for manslaughter and a concurrent sentence of 15 months for unlawful wounding.


The tragic case of mistaken identity resulting in the death of a promising young man serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of violence and the need for a safer community.

The families of the victims continue to grapple with the loss, while the perpetrators will spend years behind bars reflecting on their actions.


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