Turkish DJ 'was kidnapped after dining in Mayfair restaurant and tortured to death by organised crime gang while his girlfriend was locked in toilet for two days'

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  • A court heard that Koray Alpergin suffered ‘horrific injuries’ before he was killed
  • His naked body was then dumped in woodland in Loughton, Essex

A popular radio DJ who was friends with A-list celebrities was kidnapped and tortured to death in a restaurant just yards from the Spurs stadium, a court heard.

Koray Alpergin, 43, was the owner of Turkish radio station Bizim FM and had connections with celebrities such as rapper P Diddy and internet sensation ‘Salt Bae’.

He was kidnapped from outside his north London home with his girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak and ‘frog-marched’ into a white van after dining in Mayfair, the Old Bailey heard.

The DJ suffered ‘horrific injuries’ before he was killed while Ms Gozde was locked in a toilet for two days, jurors were told.

His naked body was then dumped in woodland in Loughton, Essex, before it was found by a dog walker, the court heard.

Mr Alpergin (left) was the owner of Turkish radio station Bizim FM, and had connections with celebrities such as rapper P Diddy and Turkish restauranteur and internet sensation 'Salt Bae' (right)

Mr Alpergin (left) was the owner of Turkish radio station Bizim FM, and had connections with celebrities such as rapper P Diddy and Turkish restauranteur and internet sensation ‘Salt Bae’ (right)

The DJ was kidnapped from outside his north London home with his girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak (pictured)

The DJ was kidnapped from outside his north London home with his girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak (pictured)

The DJ suffered 'horrific injuries' before he was killed
Ms Gozde was locked in a toilet for two days

The DJ suffered ‘horrific injuries’ before he was killed while Ms Gozde was locked in a toilet for two days

Radio DJ Koray Alpergin (right) is pictured with rapper P Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs

Radio DJ Koray Alpergin (right) is pictured with rapper P Diddy, whose real name is Sean Combs

Steffan Gordon, 34, Tejean Kennedy, 33, Samuel Owusu-Opuku, 35, Junior Kettle, 32, and Ali Kavak, 26, all deny murder and false imprisonment.

Kennedy, Owusu-Opuku, Kettle and Kavak also deny kidnap of Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak on October 13, 2022.

Kavak and Erdogan Ulcay, 56, deny perverting the course of justice by assisting with the disposal of Mr Alpergin’s body and the destruction by fire of a Fiat Diablo van and Renault Megane.

Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak had arrived back at his flat in Ebony Crescent, Enfield, at 10.25pm, said prosecutor Crispin Aylett, KC.

Mr Aylett added: ‘As Koray Alpergin got out of his Audi, a man ran towards him – the man was followed by three others.

Police believe that Mr Alpergin, who was the owner of London radio station Bizim FM, was forced into a white van with a 33-year-old woman outside their house in Enfield

Police believe that Mr Alpergin, who was the owner of London radio station Bizim FM, was forced into a white van with a 33-year-old woman outside their house in Enfield

One of the group had fitted a tracking device to Mr Alpegrin’s car, jurors at the Old Bailey were told

One of the group had fitted a tracking device to Mr Alpegrin’s car, jurors at the Old Bailey were told 

‘Although Mr Alpergin tried to run away, he was quickly caught. He called out for help but he was frog-marched back past his own car and bundled into a white van that was parked nearby.

‘Much later on, the police recovered from outside the flat a blood-stained fragment that had been torn from Koray Alpergin’s shirt. So, he must have put up a fight- but he was simply outnumbered.

‘Gozde Dalbudak had remained in the car. She was later to tell the police that she heard the sound of a scuffle.

‘A masked man had appeared at the window. He was armed with a knife. He told Ms Dalbudak to be quiet. She got out of the car and he led her over to the van.

‘The van was driven away with Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak in the back. Ms Dalbudak has said that the men were sitting on top of them.

‘In all, the prosecution suggests that no less than nine men had driven in the white van and two cars to the scene of that kidnap.’

Two other men, Ali Yildrim and Cem Oman, have fled and are believed to be overseas while the identity of the other two men is unknown, the court heard.

One of the group had fitted a tracking device to Mr Alpegrin’s car, jurors were told.

Mr Ayett said: ‘The three vehicles had arrived in the area around Olivia Court at around 10pm and then they had lain in wait until Koray Alpergin’s Audi showed up.

‘Ms Dalbudak had come over from Turkey only a few days earlier so it may be that they weren’t expecting him to have had company.’

The group had gathered earlier that evening at a cafe in south Tottenham, Mr Aylett said.

After the kidnap the convoy made its way to a restaurant and wine bar called the Stadium Lounge or ‘the Ezgi Turku Bar’, near the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the court heard.

‘It was here, in the Stadium Lounge, that Koray Alpergin was murdered,’ Mr Aylett continued.

‘As for Godze Dalbudak, she spent almost two days shut up inside a lavatory at the Stadium Lounge.

‘It was not until the late afternoon of October 15 that she was released.

‘Following the murder of Koray Alpergin, the prosecution alleges that his body was taken in the back of a black Volkswagen Polo to the Triumph Trading Estate where the sixth defendant, Erdogan Ulcay, rented two separate storage units.

‘In the early hours of October 15, the Renault Megane was driven to Loughton in Essex.

‘There, the naked body of Koray Alpergin was dumped in some woods. A few hours later, the body was found by a man walking his dog.

‘Koray Alpergin had suffered the most horrific injuries.’

Mr Alpergin was found near Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, Essex at 11.55am on Saturday, October 15, 2022 and was pronounced dead at the scene. Pictured: police vehicles at the scene on Oakwood Hill

Mr Alpergin was found near Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, Essex at 11.55am on Saturday, October 15, 2022 and was pronounced dead at the scene. Pictured: police vehicles at the scene on Oakwood Hill

His naked body was then dumped in woodland in Loughton, Essex, before it was found by a dog walker, the court heard

His naked body was then dumped in woodland in Loughton, Essex, before it was found by a dog walker, the court heard 

Mr Alpergin was brutally beaten with a baseball bat, boiling water was poured on him and other horrific torture methods used, the court heard.

The murder was likely linked to drugs and organised crime, jurors were told.

A post-mortem found 94 separate injuries including cuts and bruises and a blow to the head causing brain damage.

He had injuries to the neck consistent with ligature being used to strangle him, 14 fractured ribs and bruising to the chest suggesting the use of a baseball bat.

There were injuries to the skin consistent with boiling water, stab wounds to the soles of his feet and other parts of his body violated.

Mr Aylett said: ‘It is obvious that before his death Koray Alpergin had been stripped naked and horrifically tortured.

‘From the number and nature of the injuries that were sustained, the prosecution suggest that it is not hard to envisage a group of sadistic thugs taking it turns to inflict injury, whether with punches and kicks, hitting him with a bat, scalding him with boiling water or stabbing his feet.

‘The only mercy, if mercy it be, was that the pathologist considers that Koray Alpergin could not have survived these terrible injuries for very long and certainly not for more than a few hours.

‘The prosecution suggest that, from the number of people and vehicles involved, and the use of vehicles with false number plates which were then destroyed by fire, these crimes bear all the hallmarks of being linked to serious, organised crime- almost certainly drugs.

‘If that is right, then it would seem to follow that Koray Alpergin must, himself, have also been mixed up in the world of drugs.

‘The prosecution alleges that Koray Alpergin was kidnapped and tortured – either so that he might be punished for something that he had done, or else forced to give up something that he knew – perhaps the whereabouts of either drugs or money.

‘The prosecution do not know who actually killed Koray Alpergin nor do they know which of the defendants, if any of them, even participated in the violence that was inflicted on Koray Alpergin.

‘As a matter of law, and you may think as a matter of common sense, that does not matter.

‘In law, anyone who was a party to a plan intentionally to cause Koray Alpergin at least serious bodily harm would be guilty of his murder.’

Kennedy, of Cricklewood Broadway, Cricklewood, Owusu-Opuku, of Dunbar Road, Wood Green, Kettle, of Kingsdown Road, Islington, and Kavak, of De Quincey Road, Tottenham, deny murder and two counts of kidnap and false imprisonment.

Gordon, of Dehavilland Close, Northolt, denies murder and two counts of false imprisonment.

Ulcay, of Oakeshott Avenue, Camden and Kavak deny preventing the course of justice.

The trial continues.







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