May 25 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
A paranoid schizophrenic has been found guilty of stabbing a Park View School boy through the heart in front of horrified friends and onlookers in Tottenham.
Serif Aslan knifed 15-year-old Kasey Gordon and three of his schoolmates in a fight outside a chicken shop just yards from the gates of Park View School, after he was caught staring at a girl by her boyfriend.
The 34-year-old - who had been banned from having a knife at the Ashness House Care Home where he lived in nearby Philip Lane - then calmly walked into a nearby cafe, leaving Kasey bleeding to death on the pavement in West Green Road and two of his friends with serious injuries to their chest and hip. A fourth boy suffered superficial cuts to his face and hand.
During the five-week trial, prosecutor Richard Horwell told the Old Bailey: “He left behind a scene of considerable carnage. The knife that he had carried, the knife that he had been told not to carry, was used by him to devastating effect.
“It is more than likely Kasey Gordon did not see that knife and his inability to see that knife and what the defendant was doing with it probably cost Kasey Gordon his life.”
Aslan - who claimed he was acting in self-defence, telling the court “they started all of this” - was found guilty of murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He now faces life imprisonment.
Sentencing was postponed for psychiatric reports to be prepared.
The Old Bailey had heard that Aslan had armed himself with a £1.49 kitchen knife wrapped in tissue paper and walked towards a cafe in West Green Road on the afternoon of January 20 last year.
He was caught leering at a schoolgirl, saying: “Oh, she is so beautiful.” Her boyfriend confronted him, but Aslan pushed him away and said: “I will f*** you up.”
The teenager then punched Aslan before moving away with his friends, but Aslan pulled out the knife and launched the attack - stabbing the boyfriend in the chest. Kasey and the two 14-year-olds were injured when they joined the fight.
Aslan - who had a long history of mental illness and a previous conviction for carrying a screwdriver in public - was arrested by police after two other schoolboys followed him to a nearby cafe.
Following his conviction, Det Insp Leon James of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Serif Aslan, the person responsible for these crimes, suffers from mental health problems and today’s verdict is the right one in the circumstances.
“In some small way we hope that this will help to bring some closure to Kasey’s family and friends.”