Man found guilty of Hackney Murder

A man has been convicted of murder following a fatal stabbing in Hackney.

Bruno Pateco-Te, 24 of Chelmer Road, E9 was found guilty of the murder of Kaan Aslan and one count of violent disorder at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 3 April.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Thursday, 4 April.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, said: “The initial investigation into this murder proved to be complicated, as we could find no reason for Kaan to have been targeted in such a brutal and unprovoked assault.

“We established that Pateco-Te was seeking retribution for a previous assault on a family member. He travelled to the scene in a white van with others looking for someone to attack. He picked out Kaan – who was not associated with any gangs, and who was not involved in the assault – before stabbing him in the street.

“Our thoughts remain with Kaan’s family who have been devastated by his murder and were left with many unanswered questions about that night.”

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to reports of a stabbing at Monteagle Way on the Nightingale Estate, E5 at around midnight on 13 into 14 November 2017.

The victim – 20-year-old Kaan Aslan, from Hackney – was treated by medical professionals, including the team from London’s Air Ambulance, for a stab wound to the chest. Sadly, he died at the scene at just after midnight.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Thirteen people were arrested on suspicion of offences including murder and violent disorder during this investigation.

Pateco-Te was charged on 26 September 2018. The other 12 were released under investigation and subsequently released with no further action.

Detectives continue to seek any information which could assist in identifying the others involved. Anyone who witnessed the attack or has information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985, or make contact via Twitter @MetCC.