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Teenager convicted of fatal stabbing of Ali Baygoren, 17, had ‘history of extreme violence’

Ali Boygoren was the victim of a brutal and frenzied attack (PA)
Ali Boygoren was the victim of a brutal and frenzied attack (PA)

A teenager with a history of ‘extreme violence’ has been convicted of the murder of a 17-year-old boy in Tottenham.

The 16-year-old was found guilty of the murder of Ali Baygoren and possession of an offensive weapon by a jury at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

He was also convicted of grievous bodily harm possession of an offensive weapon and theft in relation to a separate incident.

The murderer, who cannot be named because of legal reasons, was remanded in custody to appear for sentencing at the same court on 23 June.

Police were called to reports of a stabbing at Orchard Place, Tottenham, on June 18 last year, the jury had heard.

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The victim was found with knife wounds to his neck.

Police officers administered CPR and medics attempted to save Ali, but he died in the stairwell of a block of flats.

A post-mortem examination took place on 21 June and the cause of Ali’s death was found to have been sharp force trauma.

A phone belonged to the defendant was found at the scene and he was arrested at his east London home just hours after the stabbing.

Meanwhile a grey hooded top belonging to the defendant was forensically examined and Ali Boygoren’s blood was found on the cuff, further confirming his presence at the time of the murder.

On 20 June 2022 he was charged with murdering the teenager.

He was also charged with grievous bodily harm and theft in relation to the non-fatal stabbing and robbery of a 14-year-old boy in Chadwell Heath, Romford, on 6 August 2021.

Detective Sergeant James Robertson said: “Despite his young age, this defendant has a history of committing extreme violence and I am pleased that the jury was able to see the danger he poses.

“Ali Boygoren was the victim of a brutal and frenzied attack by the defendant and we may never know what triggered that attack. It saddens me to see another young man’s life so needlessly ended in our city.

“We know too well that the effects of losing a loved one to violence are devastating and can last a lifetime. My thoughts are very much with Ali’s family today.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson, who led the murder investigation, added: “Due to the devastation they bring to families and communities, people who carry knives can expect to feel the full force of the law.”

Anyone who wants to pass on information on knife crime anonymously can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Any young people who have information about violence or knife crime, can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously.