Dog helps convict five men involved in Whetstone murder

Police dog Monty found £8,000 in cash at the scene of the murder of 30-year-old Olsi Kuka in 2022

Police dog Monty in front of a purple background
Monty found £8,000 in cash in a Whetstone flat where a man was murdered – (Credit- Met Police

A police dog helped provide evidence to convict five men involved in the murder of a man in Whetstone in 2022.

Police dog Monty and handler PC Neil Dobson searched the flat in High Road, Whetstone, where 30-year-old Olsi Kuka was murdered and found £8,000 hidden in the headboard of a bed. 

Olsi died on 11th May 2022 after he was stabbed multiple times by a group of men who were searching for drugs and money. 

The group arrived at Olsi’s flat in two Mercedes cars shortly before 3am on 11th May 2022. They parked outside and forced entry into the flat before stabbing Olsi numerous times. They then ransacked the flat. 

Emergency services were called to the flat after the men had left but Olsi died a short time later. 

A post mortem investigation found that the stab wounds had been caused by ‘at least’ two different knives – and there were metal ball-bearings found in his scalp consistent with being shot by an air weapon.

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The police investigation into the attack used CCTV and mobile phone analysis to identify the five men involved. Detectives discovered that one of the cars had travelled to the address four days before on a reconnaissance trip.

After a five-week trial at the Old Bailey that concluded on Thursday (9th May), Daige Ramsey, 25 of Winchester Road, E4 and Santana Thompson, 21 of Aldriche Way, Waltham Forest, were convicted of the manslaughter of Olsi Kuka.

Ozan Seran, 28 of no fixed address pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 2nd April, the first day of the trial.

Bulent Bakir, 27 of Old Road, Enfield, was convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Reuben Bernard, 19 of Wootton, Northampton, was convicted of murder after a trial in June 2023.

They will be sentenced at the Old Bailey at a later date.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson said: “The violence used in this attack was calculated, vicious and unrelenting.

“The five men had planned to rob Olsi and were prepared to use any force necessary in order to get what they wanted.

“We are thankful for the work of our police dog Monty, who was able to find vital evidence that helped secure a successful conviction.”

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