A 20-year-old man was charged with murder after a man was found slumped on the floor of a Hackney car park with fatal injuries on Wednesday (June 8).
Mustafa Alparslan of Remington Road, Stoke Newington appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court today (June 13), he is the second person charged with the murder of 49-year-old Mehmet Degerli.
The Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crimes Command launched an investigation after Degerli was found collapsed in a small residents car park off Sandringham Road at the junction with Cecilia Road, Dalston, at 1.09am last Wednesday.
The first man charged with murder, Huseyin Akkoyun, 46, of no fixed abode, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on June 11. He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow (June 14).
Scotland Yard said paramedics battled to save Degerli’s life for more than half an hour before he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The father-of-two was a Turkish national who worked as a self-employed dry cleaner, he was said to have attended a celebration to mark the start of Ramadan earlier in the evening.
His niece told the Standard: “We are all devastated. He was very kind and really helped us all the time. He lived just down the road and would do anything for us.
“We’re all shocked. My cousins have lost their dad. We don’t understand why anyone would do this to him. He would never want to upset anyone.”
Degerli’s car was parked in Sandringham Road and had been damaged. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
Detective chief inspector Rob Pack said: “At this stage we believe Mr Dergerli to have been the victim of a violent assault and need to hear from people who can help us piece together exactly what happened.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.