Hornsey man found guilty of Haringey park murders

19:00 16 May 2012

Sadistic killer Ali Koc

Sadistic killer Ali Koc

Archant

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.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Monday, August 31, 2015
Officers were out in force at the annual Notting Hill Carnival (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

A man in his twenties is being treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed at Notting Hill Carnival, Scotland Yard has said.

Monday, August 31, 2015
A man was shot dead by police at Picardy House in Cedar Road in Barnet (Photo: Google StreetView)

A man was shot dead by police at Picardy House in Cedar Road last night.

Sunday, August 30, 2015
Thre women were injured in the incident - one is fighting for her life

A 20-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she and two other young women were in collision with a car.

Friday, August 28, 2015
She was playing with her family in Hanworth Park when she was hit by the pellet that could have killed her (Photo: Google StreetView)

The little girl was running from her mother to her grandfather in Hanworth Park when they heard a loud noise like an air rifle shot.

Police say she could have been killed.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Police are investigating a rape in Park Road on Sunday

A crime scene has been set up after a woman reported being raped in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Dodgy disguise: The men robbed the pawnbrokers dressed all in black

Two men who dressed in burkas to rob a pawnbrokers in Brixton’s famous Atlantic Road have been jailed for 20 years.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more