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UPDATE: Killers sentenced after officers analyse 1,000 hours of CCTV

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UPDATE: Killers sentenced after officers analyse 1,000 hours of CCTV

Two men have been convicted of killing Koray Alpergin after Met homicide detectives identified their involvement through analysis of more than 1,000 hours of CCTV.

Koray, 43, was initially treated as a missing person when police were contacted on 14 October 2022 after his friend became concerned for his welfare. The next day, Koray's body was found near to Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton and homicide detectives began an investigation.

Their enquiries resulted in the identification of a number of men involved in the kidnap of Koray from outside his home address in Enfield on 13 October. The group of men had bundled Koray into the back of a white van after he arrived home in his car.

Koray was then taken to a disused restaurant in Tottenham where he was repeatedly physically assaulted, resulting in 94 separate injuries to his body including 14 fractured ribs and a blow to the head, which caused brain damage. The pathologist who analysed his body estimated that he Koray would not have survived his injuries long after they were inflicted.

After killing him, the men then moved his body to a trading estate in Tottenham, before moving it again to Loughton.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Webb, the lead investigator, said the case was one of the most complex his team had dealt with.

DCI Webb said: "The circumstances of Koray's death were like something you see in a gangster movie. First he was kidnapped by a group of men in a highly organised operation that involved placing a tracker on his car. He was then taken to a disused restaurant where he was subjected to a horrific attack.

"The individuals responsible for his death were careful to cover their tracks by cleaning the restaurant and burning out cars used to move Koray's body. However, we cracked this case through painstaking and lengthy analysis of CCTV that demonstrated the group’s collective activity and presence at key locations. We also presented detailed mobile phone records to the jury showing how they were in contact before, during and after Koray was kidnapped.

"I am pleased that these extremely violent and dangerous men have been convicted and will now be in prison for a long period of time. This should send a message to those involved in organised crime and serious violence, we will leave no stone unturned and are determined to bring them to justice."

Anyone who knows the identity of anyone else involved or their whereabouts is asked to contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Conviction details of defendants are set out below. They were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 12 December.

[B] Ali Kavak, 26 (05.08.97) of De Quincey Road, Tottenham was found guilty of manslaughter, kidnap, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment.

[I] Tejean Kennedy, 33 (07.10.90) of Cricklewood Broadway, NW2 was found guilty of manslaughter, kidnap and false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment.

[H] Steffan Gordon, 34 (09.04.89) of Dehavilland Close, Northolt had pleaded guilty to kidnap. He was found guilty of false imprisonment. He was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.

[J] Samuel Owusu-Opoku, 35 (27.05.88) of Dunbar Road, N22 had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. He was found guilty of kidnap. He was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

[C] Yigit Hurman, 18 (03.06.05), of Audley Close, N10, was also charged with perverting the course of justice and pleaded guilty to this. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Note: Two other men have been charged as part of the investigation and will stand trial at a later date.

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