Car-jacker stabs Merc man to death

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A CRAZED car-jacker knifed a mo­torist to death in front of his ter­ri­fied friend be­fore es­cap­ing in the ve­hi­cle.

Har­jin­der Singh Bhurji, 32, was fa­tally stabbed in in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing as he tried to fight off a masked man in Il­ford, east Lon­don.

The killer — de­scribed by po­lice as black, 6ft 2in and of slim build — drove off in Mr Bhurji’s black Mercedes CLK coupe, leav­ing him bleed­ing to death.

The car was later found in Ching­ford, three miles away from where Mr Bhurji was killed.

DCI Phil Rick­ells said: “The sus­pect ap­pears to have been purely mo­ti­vated by steal­ing the car. The vic­tim did not know the sus­pect or why he might want his car.

“It is be­lieved that the two friends had been sit­ting talk­ing in Mr Bhurji’s car when the sus­pect ap­peared, opened the pas­sen­ger door and dragged the fe­male from the car.

“The sus­pect then went to the driver’s door and de­manded the keys.

“Mr Bhurji tried to hide them un­der his seat but the sus­pect threat­ened to harm his friend if he did not hand them over.

“Be­fore he had time to get them, he was stabbed. De­spite his in­juries, the vic­tim man­aged to hand them to the sus­pect who then drove off.”

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