Man charged with murder of Turkish radio DJ

Four men were previously convicted for their involvement in the killing of Koray Alpergin in 2022

Mehme Koray Alpergin
Koray Alpergin

Detectives investigating the killing of a 43-year-old Turkish radio DJ in 2022 have charged a man with his murder.

Dylan Weatherley, aged 20, of no fixed address, was due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court earlier today (14th March) charged with Koray Alpergin’s murder. He has also been charged with the kidnap and false imprisonment of Koray and his 33-year-old girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak.

Koray was kidnapped from outside his home in Ebony Crescent, Southgate, on 13th October 2022, when a group of men bundled both him and girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak, 34, into the back of a white van after they arrived home.

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Koray was 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 Koray would not have survived his injuries long after they were inflicted.

The motive for kidnapping Koray was said to be connected to money and drugs. After killing him, his captors dumped his body at Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton, where it was discovered on 15th October. Meanwhile, Gozde was left locked in a toilet for two days before being freed.

Last December, four men were sentenced to a combined 46 years in jail for their part in the abduction and killing that police likened to a “gangster movie”. Their convictions included manslaughter, kidnap and perverting the course of justice but none were found guilty of murder.

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