Kasey Gordon murder: Judge blasts Tottenham killer’s ‘inadequate’ care home

17:24 16 May 2012

Serif Aslan was found guilty of the murder of schoolboy Kasey Gordon in Tottenham

Serif Aslan was found guilty of the murder of schoolboy Kasey Gordon in Tottenham

Archant

A judge today accused a Tottenham care home of being “wholly inadequate” as he sentenced one of its patients to a minimum of 20 years behind bars for the murder of local schoolboy Kasey Gordon.

Judge Richard Marks said Ashness House had failed to ensure Serif Aslan was taking his medication properly in the months which led up to him stabbing the 15-year-old through the heart with a kitchen knife in front of horrified shoppers on West Green Road in January last year.

Judge Marks told paranoid schizophrenic Aslan his “non-compliance” with his medication plan had played a significant role in the murder, but he criticised the private care home, in Philip Lane, for its systems which “were plainly wholly inadequate” in Aslan’s case – an accusation Ashness House, rated excellent by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2009, has refuted.

Director Nick Purchase said: “All our medication processes were monitored by the CQC, the police and the clinical team at the time. We had systems in place for when Aslan did not take it on that one occasion.”

Judge Marks said alarm bells should have rung when Aslan, 34, began experiencing psychotic symptoms and paranoid ideas in November and December 2010 and rushed into his room “on two occasions” after he had been given medication, giving rise to suspicions he had not in fact swallowed the drugs.

Judge Marks told Aslan: “All of these matters in my view should have put those who were entrusted with your care at Ashness House on notice... to ensure that you were very closely monitored so as to check you were taking your medication. This clearly did not happen.”

Aslan is now facing the prospect of life behind bars after Judge Marks sentenced him to a minimum of 20 years at the Old Bailey – but the jail term is nothing compared to the hole left in the lives of the Park View pupil’s family.

His mother Verona said: “There are no words. There is nothing I can say that will help anyone to comprehend the death and the incomprehensibility of a future without Kasey. My home is no longer a home, but a house with a bolt. I pass his bedroom every day and feel such ache in my soul. Where has my boy gone from my life?

“It is unbearable not to hear him calling me or seeing his smile come through the door. He was the soul of my family.”

But she said she was not looking for “justice or retribution” for Aslan, asking: “That man is truly insane. What justice would we gain?”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Pink Floyd have helped boost the resurgence in vinyl with their latest album, The Endless River.

Read more

The left-hander’s swashbuckling style meant he was always exciting to watch.

Read more

The brief teaser for Game Of Thrones’ season five has been unveiled and it focuses on Arya Stark.

Read more

Promoted content

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need. We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time, some great discounts.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Just in case you were wondering, Westminster Cathedral isn’t a mosque.

Vloggers aren’t just being used to sell beauty products anymore, they’re being used to sell universities.

Ashley Roberts says she’s happy for Declan Donnelly after he asked his girlfriend to marry him.

The Foreign Office was unable to give any details on the conditions of those injured.

Quirky London