Hornsey man found guilty of Haringey park murders
19:00 16 May 2012
A sadistic killer who wielded a “caveman’s club” is facing life behind bars for battering two Haringey pensioners to death and attacking five other strangers in a month of random violence in parks and woodlands near his Hornsey home.
Ali Koc beat his male victims with lumps of wood, before head butting, punching and kicking them in a series of attacks in Alexandra Park, Priory Park, Queens Wood and Downhills Park in January of last year.
Two of his victims - Victor Parsons, 67, and Keith Needell, 84 - were so badly injued in the attacks they later died in hospital.
Koc, who has a long criminal record, was found guilty of their murders as well as the five other attacks at Woolwich Crown Court earlier today.
He will be sentenced on Friday.
The court had earlier heard how he had stalked green spaces near his home on Lightfoot Road while wearing a pair of gloves emblazoned with a skull and cross bones logo.
These gloves would later help identify him, after he was caught on CCTV wearing them.
Koc - whose mother, sister and brother sat in the public gallery throughout the trial - was also identified in ID parades by his victims who survived his frenzied attacks.
Senior investigating officer Det Chf InspTim Duffield welcomed the verdict, but said people must not forget the families whose lives have been torn apart by Koc’s actions.
He said: “We must not lose sight of the most important people in this case, the victims of Koc and the bereaved families of Victor Parsons and Keith Needell, who have had to come to terms with the brutal and sadistic manner in which their loved ones were attacked. The dignity and courage they have shown has been most humbling.
“Koc has never shown any remorse for this wanton spate of attacks committed throughout January last year. There was no motive. This was simply violence for violence sake, randomly-inflicted upon law abiding people who happened to be walking or jogging through their local parks.
“Tragically, two of society’s most vulnerable members, Victor Parsons and Keith Needell, would pay with their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“There can be no doubt that Koc is a highly dangerous and predatory individual who derived some warped sense of gratification from carrying out these abhorrent attacks. I am pleased with today’s verdict and hope it will bring some small measure of solace to Koc’s victims - including the families of Mr Parsons and Mr Needell - so that they might begin the difficult task of rebuilding their lives.”