Case: Stoke Newington stabbing: Daniel Frederick
Victim
Name:
Daniel Frederick
Gender:
Male
Date:
2018-01-08
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Kacper Karasinski
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
Polish
Killer
Name:
17 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Yigiter Gok
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
17 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
16 year-old boy
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Daniel Frederick, 34, was stabbed to death in a case of mistaken identity on 8 January 2018.

He was attacked as he walked home past Burns House in Shakspeare Walk, Stoke Newington, at around 5.78pm.

Mr Frederick, a father-of-three who lived nearby, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 11.47pm.

A post-mortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the back which punctured his lung. He also suffered six other stab wounds to the thigh and buttocks.

On 30 January 2018 Kacper Karasinski, 18 (3.10.99) of Mount Pleasant Lane, Hackney, was charged with murder. Four other teenagers, three aged 17 and one aged 16, were charged with murder between March and May 2018.

The 16 year-old suspect pleaded guilty to murder on 12 June 2018.

Karasinski and the three 17 year-old boys went on trial at the Old Bailey on 23 July 2018. Karasinski and one 17 year-old boy were convicted of murder. The two other suspects were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Kacper Karasinski

Kacper Karasinski (left) and Yigiter Gok

On 15 October 2018 Karasinski and the 17 year-old convicted of murder were sentenced to life imprisonment. The minimum terms before parole were 20 years for Karasinski and 17 years for the teenager. The 16 year-old was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 10 years before parole.

Gok was sentenced to nine years imprisonment and the 17 year-old convicted of manslaughter was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.

The Metropolitan Police said Daniel Frederick had no gang affiliations and had spent the day at hospital with his partner, who was pregnant with their fourth child.

He had arranged to meet a friend to play video games and was waiting in Shakspeare Walk when a group of five youths wearing hoods and face coverings attacked him from behind.

After being confronted by a member of the public they fled the scene, leaving Daniel to die in the street.

DNA recovered from the murder scene matched that the profile of Karasinski and the 17 year-old convicted of murder.

Four of the suspects left London after news of the murder was made public. Karasinski booked a flight to Oslo on 9 January, Gok boarded a ferry to France on 10 January and made his way to Turkey, the 17 year-old convicted of murder went to Bedfordshire and the other 17 year-old went to Stevenage.

They were all linked to each other by mobile phone records showing contact between them priort to the murder.

The court heard suggestions that one of the suspects had set out to 'violate' someone after hearing that his friend had been beaten up in prison - and that Mr Frederick was 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'.

Judge Philip Katz said: "Daniel Frederick was not ready for death. He was a 34-year-old father with three young children when he was murdered. On the day of his murder he had been at the hospital with his loving partner who was pregnant with his fourth child.

'In the early evening of 8 January 2018, Daniel was waiting to meet his oldest and closest friend when he was suddenly surrounded by a group of youths and immediately stabbed to death.

'This entirely unprovoked attack took place outside Burns House, a block of flats on the Shakespeare Estate in Stoke Newington.

'His was a very public and truly shocking death. The attack was so violent that he suffered seven stab wounds to his back, buttock and thighs. The wounds varied in depth, direction and orientation.

'The attack was so quick that there were no defensive injuries. Indeed, Daniel Frederick was utterly defenceless.'

Detective Inspector Paul Considine, the senior investigating officer from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was a ruthless, violent and unprovoked attack in which Daniel stood no chance. He was completely taken by surprise by his attackers who cowardly stabbed him in the back giving him no opportunity to defend himself.

"All five defendants disguised and armed themselves and willingly carried out a brutal attack on Daniel knowing it was likely there would only be one outcome, the infliction of very serious injuries or death.

"This was a complex investigation made more difficult as Daniel was mistakenly targeted by his attackers.

"My team diligently pieced together the evidence and then located, arrested and charged all those responsible for his death. I am delighted that the jury has convicted the defendants and hope it provides Daniel's family with a small measure of comfort and closure."

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