Six Men on Trial for Grisly Murder of London Radio DJ, Case Allegedly Linked to Organized Crime

Six Men on Trial for Grisly Murder of London Radio DJ, Case Allegedly Linked to Organized Crime

A London court is hearing a case involving the torture and murder of well-known radio DJ Mehmet Koray Alpergin, whose death has been described as bearing the “hallmarks of serious organised crime.” Alpergin and his girlfriend, Gozde Dalbudak, were abducted last October in Mayfair, Central London. They were then taken to an empty wine bar near Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Alpergin suffered fatal torture. His body was dumped in Essex woodland, and Dalbudak was confined for two days before being released.

Six men are currently on trial at the Old Bailey for various charges, including murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and perverting the course of justice. Prosecutors state that Alpergin had been “horrifically tortured,” incurring 94 separate injuries, including boiling water burns, stabbings, and strangulation marks. Prosecutor Crispin Aylett KC suggested that the motive behind the kidnapping and torture could be punitive or informational, related to drugs or money.

Alpergin, originally from Northern Cyprus, was a popular figure in the British Turkish community and the owner of Bizim FM, a Turkish language radio station in London. In the days leading to his death, he appeared anxious and in heavy debt. He also acted unusually quiet when a friend commented about his car, which had a tracking device installed, making odd noises.

The suspects have been identified as Steffan Gordon, 34; Tejean Kennedy, 33; Samuel Owusu-Opoku, 35; Junior Kettle, 32; Ali Kavak, 26; and Erdogan Ulcay, 56. Except for Ulcay, all have denied the charges of murder and false imprisonment. Several of them also deny the kidnapping charges, while Owusu-Opoku has admitted to perverting the course of justice.

The case has allegedly implicated elements of organized crime, as the vehicles used in the crime had false plates and were later burnt, according to the prosecution. The trial before Judge Sarah Whitehouse KC continues.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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