Ali Armagan murder: Three jailed
Posted on: Friday, June 07, 2013
Three men who helped set up the murder of a Turkish gang leader outside a north London tube station have been jailed.
Suleyman Tonbul, 54, his Hassan Tonbul, 26, and Mehmet Senel, 24, tipped off the leader of the Tottenham Boys about the whereabouts of his rival Ali Armagan shortly before he was shot dead.
They admitted conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, on the basis they thought he would be beaten up rather than shot or killed., but the judge took into account the fact that their actions caused the death.
Nobody has been convicted of the murder but police want to trace two men who are believed to have fled to Turkey.
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Statement from the Met Police
Three men have been sentenced at the Old Bailey today having previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
The three had appeared in connection with the shooting of Ali Armagan in Tottenham on 1 February 2012.
Suleyman Tonbul, 54 (3.07.58) a minicab driver, of Grange Road, Upper Edmonton, N18 was sentenced to eight years.
Hassan Tonbul (son of Suleyman), 26 (7.11.86), unemployed, of Grange Road, Upper Edmonton, N18 was handed an 11 year sentence.
Mehmet Senel, 24, (22.11.88) unemployed, of Wood Mead, Grange Road, Tottenham, N17 was sentenced to 10 years.
The court heard how officers were called at about 15:30hrs on 1 February 2012to reports of a man shot in Langham Parade.
Mr Armagan, a Turkish businessman from Hackney, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the neck.
An incident room opened at Trident.
The victim, Ali Armagan, was apparently a member of the Hackney Turks gang, The Bombacillers, and was targeted by the Tottenham Turks after a series of revenge attacks.
The groups had been feuding since at least January 2009 when the victim's brother had been assaulted in a nightclub in Manor House.
It sparked several other incidents including a number of shootings and arsons - and the murder of three more men - innocent Ahmet Paytak, 50, in Holloway on 22 March 2009, Oktay Erbasli, 23, in Tottenham on 2 October 2009 and Cem Duzgan, 21, in Clapton on 5 October 2009.
A previous attempt had also been made to kill Mr Armagan on 8 March 2009.
On the morning of 1 February 2012 the victim parked his Audi A8 in Langham Road at 14:38hrs, having taken friends to an appointment nearby. He remained in the car with another friend.
Just before 15:30hrs two masked men approached the victim's car from nearby Graham Road. One produced a handgun and fired six times at the driver's side of the car. The suspects then made off.
The victim staggered from his car but collapsed on the pavement and died.
The identity of the gunman and his accomplice remain unknown.
A witness revealed how, after hearing shots, he saw the gunman and his accomplice heading towards a Vauxhall Astra parked in Langham Road.
Two men, Younis Sagir, 24, from Wood Green, and Ozan Toprak, 28, of Tottenham, were arrested on 8 March 2012 in connection with Ali Armagan's murder. After standing trial they were both later acquitted at the Old Bailey on 7 March.
Suleyman Tonbul, Hassan Tonbul and Mehmet Senel were arrested in connection with the shooting incident on 13 September 2012. They were later charged and sentenced as above.
The court additionally heard how officers from Trident remain keen to speak to two further men in connection with the Mr Armagan's murder. Kemal Eren, 26, and Omar Murat, 27, both from Tottenham Area, were both thought to have left the UK shortly after the incident.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Kenny McDonald, Trident, said: "Mr Armagan was shot in broad daylight near a busy tube station as schools ended for the day. Those responsible clearly had no thought for the safety of innocent people in the area. We would urge anyone with further information about the murder of Ali Armagan to come forward and speak to our team.
"Trident, alongside Haringey police, has worked tirelessly to not only solve this murder but reassure the community that we will not tolerate this kind of open gang warfare on the streets of London.
"We will continue to use every resource at our disposal to ensure those responsible or involved in such crimes are brought to justice."
Detective Superintendent Stephen Clayman, in charge of criminal investigations in Haringey, said: "A number of different units within the Metropolitan Police Service, as well as those in Haringey and neighbouring boroughs, worked closely together to support the Trident investigation and provide a response to the fatal shooting.
"Across the four boroughs of Haringey, Hackney, Islington and Enfield, we engaged with Turkish and Kurdish community representatives about our activities and local Turkish-speaking police officers visited venues within the community to offer support and reassurance.
"We want to ensure that those who carry firearms on our streets are targeted and brought before the courts. In Haringey we have recovered on average one gun a month as the result of proactive enforcement tackling gang-related crime.
"Our priority is to ensure public safety on the streets and we will always need public support to do this, especially where organised crime is involved."
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8733 4211; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.