Gang who killed Barnet man, 30, over drugs and money caught out by Monty the police dog

A gang who killed a man during a botched home invasion for drugs and cash was caught thanks to the expert nose of police dog Monty who found £8,000 hidden in the headboard of a bed the killers hadn’t searched. Olsi Kuka, 30, was knifed numerous times at around 3am on May 11 2022 after his murderers travelled to his Barnet home in two Mercedes cars.

After the men left the flat, police and paramedics were called but Olsi died shortly after. A post mortem examination found that Olsi had been stabbed by ‘at least’ two different knives.

There were also four metal ball-bearings found in his scalp consistent with being shot by an air weapon. During the investigation, detectives found that one of the cars had travelled to the address four days before on a reconnaissance trip.

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Monty the dog
Monty the dog sniffed £8,000 hidden in a bed -Credit:Met Police

Following a five-week trial at the Old Bailey that ended yesterday (May 9) five men were found guilty of their role in the botched robbery. Daige Ramsey, 25 (30.11.98) of Winchester Road, E4 and Santana Thompson, 21, of Aldriche Way, Waltham Forest, were convicted of manslaughter.

Ozan Seran 28, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to manslaughter on April 2 - the first day of the trial. Bulent Bakir, 27, of Old Road, Enfield, was convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Reuben Bernard, 19, (22.03.05) of Wootton, Northampton, was convicted of murder after a trial in June 2023. They will be sentenced at the Old Bailey at a later date to be confirmed.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson said: "The violence used in this attack was calculated, vicious and unrelenting.

"The five men had planned to rob Olsi and were prepared to use any force necessary in order to get what they wanted.

“We are thankful for the work of our police dog Monty, who was able to find vital evidence that helped secure a successful conviction."

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