Kempston stabbing: victim named by police

The scene at Vineyard Way, Kempston

Bedfordshire Police have named a man murdered at his home on Tuesday evening.

Turkish-born Serafettin Demirsay – known as Sharif – was stabbed when three men forced their way into his home in Vineyard Way, Kempston. They knocked on his door at around 9.30pm.

A post mortem examination carried out yesterday showed he died of a stab wound to the chest. He leaves behind children and grandchildren.

A 68-year-old woman was also injured with relatively superficial knife wounds which were treated in hospital. She is now being looked after by her family.

Police have revealed that some money and jewellery were stolen from the house.

A man who was arrested on Wednesday morning has now been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

“This was a terribly distressing attack on a defenceless man in his own home, in front of his distraught partner. We are trying to piece together exactly what happened prior to the stabbing and it is still not at all clear what the motive for this attack was.”

Detectives from the Major Crime Unit have made a renewed appeal for witneses. Anyone with information is asked to call 01480 422791 or 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

“You may have been walking past just before or after the incident, or saw something or someone that was unusual in the cul-de-sac, as you drove or walked up Hartwell Drive. You may have already dismissed this information as insignificant or thought that the arrest of a person made it less important to us. Please don’t assume that someone else has told us, or that we already know. Please come forward if you were in the area so that we have the fullest picture possible to help us complete this enquiry,”