A popular radio DJ who was friends with A-list celebrities was tortured to death at a restaurant just yards from Spurs stadium, a court has heard.
Koray Alpergin, 43, was the owner of Turkish radio station Bizim FM and had links to celebrities such as rapper P Diddy and internet sensation Salt Bae.
He was abducted alongside his girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak outside his home in north London and taken to a white van after dinner in Mayfair, the Old Bailey heard.
The DJ suffered “horrendous injuries” before being 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 being found by a dog handler, the court heard.
Mr Alpergin (left) was the owner of Turkish radio station Bizim FM and had connections to celebrities such as rapper P Diddy and Turkish restaurateur and internet sensation “Salt Bae” (right).
The DJ was kidnapped outside his north London home alongside his girlfriend Gozde Dalbudak (pictured)
The DJ suffered “horrific injuries” before being 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
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 the kidnapping of Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak on October 13, 2022.
Kavak and Erdogan Ulcay, 56, deny that they perverted the course of justice by helping to dispose of Mr Alpergin’s body and destroy a Fiat Diablo van and a Renault Megane by fire.
Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak arrived 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 Mr Alpergin, the owner of London radio station Bizim FM, was forced into a white van with a 33-year-old woman outside her home in Enfield
One of the group had fitted Mr Alpegrin’s car with a tracking device, the jury was told at the Old Bailey
“Although Mr Alpergin tried to run away, he was quickly caught.” He called for help but was led back like a frog past his own car and into a white van parked nearby.
“Much later, police found a bloodstained fragment ripped from Koray Alpergin’s shirt outside the apartment. So he must have fought – but he was simply outnumbered.
“Gozde Dalbudak stayed in the car. She later told police that she heard a scuffle.
“A masked man 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 to the van.
“The van was driven away with Mr Alpergin and Ms Dalbudak in the back. Ms Dalbudak said the men were sitting on it.
“In total, the prosecution assumes that no fewer than nine men drove to the scene of the kidnapping in the white van and two cars.”
Two other men, Ali Yildrim and Cem Oman, have fled and are believed to be abroad, while the identities of the other two men are unknown, the court heard.
One of the group had fitted Mr Alpegrin’s car with a tracking device, the jury was told.
Mr Ayett said: “The three vehicles had arrived in the Olivia Court area at around 10pm and then lay in wait until Koray Alpergin’s Audi turned up.”
“Mrs Dalbudak had only come over from Turkey a few days earlier, so it may be that they were not expecting him to have a visitor.”
The group had gathered at a cafe in south Tottenham earlier in the evening, Mr Aylett said.
After the kidnapping, the convoy made its way to a restaurant and wine bar called Stadium Lounge or “Ezgi Turku Bar” near Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the court heard.
“It is here, in the stadium lounge, that Koray Alpergin was murdered,” Mr Aylett continued.
“As for Godze Dalbudak, she spent almost two days locked in a toilet in the stadium lounge.
“She was only released in the late afternoon of October 15th.
“After the murder of Koray Alpergin, the prosecution alleges that his body was taken in the back seat of a black Volkswagen Polo to the Triumph Trading Estate, where the sixth defendant, Erdogan Ulcay, had rented two separate storage units.
“In the early hours of October 15, the Renault Megane was driven to Loughton in Essex.
“That’s where Koray Alpergin’s naked body was dumped in a forest. 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 15 October 2022 and was pronounced dead at the scene. Pictured: Police vehicles at the crime scene on Oakwood Hill
His naked body was then dumped in woodland in Loughton, Essex, before being found by a dog handler, the court heard
The court heard Mr Alpergin was brutally beaten with a baseball bat, doused with boiling water and used other horrific torture methods.
Jurors said the murder was likely related to drugs and organized crime.
An autopsy found 94 separate injuries, including cuts and bruises and a blow to the head that caused brain damage.
He had injuries to his neck consistent with being strangled with a ligature, 14 broken ribs, and bruises to his chest consistent with the use of a baseball bat
There were injuries to the skin from boiling water, puncture wounds to the soles of the feet and other injured parts of the body.
Mr Aylett said: “It is obvious that Koray Alpergin was stripped naked and horribly tortured before his death.”
“Given the number and nature of the injuries sustained, the prosecution considers that it is not difficult to imagine a group of sadistic thugs taking turns inflicting injuries on him, whether through punches and kicks, hitting him with a bat or scalding him.” water or prick your feet.
“The only mercy, if there is mercy, was that the pathologist was of the opinion that Koray Alpergin could not have survived these horrific injuries for very long, and certainly not for more than a few hours.”
“The prosecution believes that these crimes show every sign of being linked to serious organized crime – almost certainly drug-related crime – due to the number of people and vehicles involved, as well as the use of vehicles with false number plates which were then destroyed by fire.”
“If this is true, then it seems to follow that Koray Alpergin himself must also have been involved in the world of drugs.”
“The prosecution alleges that Koray Alpergin was kidnapped and tortured – either to punish him for something he had done or to force him to reveal something he knew – perhaps the whereabouts of drugs or money.”
“The prosecution does not know who actually killed Koray Alpergin, nor does it know which of the defendants, if any of them, were even involved in the violence against Koray Alpergin.”
“For legal reasons, and you might think for common sense reasons, it doesn’t matter.
“Legally speaking, anyone who participated in a plan to intentionally inflict at least grievous bodily harm on Koray Alpergin would be guilty of 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 obstructing the course of justice.
The process continues.