Police have identified a Dutch woman aged 24 who was stabbed to death, allegedly by an ex-boyfriend, in front of commuters at a crowded London Tube station on Friday.
Margarite Van Campenhout died from a single wound to the heart on an underground platform at Euston at about 6pm. Her attacker then tried to cut his own throat before stabbing himself in the chest.
Detectives are waiting to question the man, believed to be 29, who is under "suicide watch" at a London hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition.
The victim's parents flew to London yesterday to meet officers dealing with the case. Scotland Yard said the woman, originally from Rotterdam, had been living in Tooting, south London, having arrived in Britain two months ago.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian West, who is leading the investigation, said police were treating it as a domestic incident. "This attack happened in rush hour and it was a horrific thing, albeit that not everyone was aware of what was happening, as it happened very, very quickly. I don't think it was necessarily clear to people what was happening until she collapsed," Mr West said.
Ms Van Campenhout had arrived at Euston with a male friend. When she reached the Northern Line platform, an argument broke out between her and another man, who produced a knife and attacked her.
Her companion was stabbed in the arm when he intervened. Another man, aged 26, who tried to stop the assailant when he ran up an escalator, was also injured. Both men have been allowed home after receiving hospital treatment.Reuse content