Jailed: Man who stabbed father to death in front of horrified customers in north London cafe

Fiona Simpson
Victim: Huseyin Gulbudak and his wife Sebiha Gulbudak: Facebook

A paranoid schizophrenic who killed his father by stabbing him 24 times in front of horrified customers in his north London café has been jailed.

Barangu Gulbudak believed 49-year-old Huseyin Gulbudak, from Enfield, was trying to "telepathically hurt him" when he launched the frenzied assault in August last year, the Old Bailey was told on Tuesday.

The university drop-out, who had regularly smoked strong "skunk" cannabis since he was 16, carried out the deadly attack as his "highly-regarded" father worked at Efes restaurant in Kilburn High Road.

Gulbudak, who turns 22 on Wednesday, also threatened to kill customers at the restaurant as they tried to stop his deadly attack by throwing chairs at him.

The killer arrived at the restaurant at 6.30pm on August 1 last year, the court heard.

A forensic officer enters the cafe where the owner was stabbed to death (Ben Morgan)

Half an hour later he repeatedly stabbed his father in the neck and torso with a kitchen knife, causing massive injuries.

The “devoted” father was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead 90 minutes later, the court was told.

In the months leading up to the attack, the court heard Gulbudak had been to the North Middlesex Hospital in north London several times with complaints, including that he had been "hearing voices".

A month before the attack he had been taken there by his mother and told staff he was suffering from a "mental breakdown" before discharging himself.

A police cordon was set up outside the cafe (Ben Morgan)

The court heard a note had been found at the young man's home mentioning a plan to "kill father" and he had also previously tried to buy a gun.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC told the shaven-headed, bearded defendant that as well as his mental illness, he was satisfied he had an underlying aggressive streak and was a danger to the public.

He said: "You have pleaded guilty to killing your own father, who was only 49 when you took his life. He had many more years ahead of him.

"He was highly-regarded, hard-working and devoted to his family. As well as taking your father's life, you have devastated theirs."

The judge said that he agreed with a psychiatrist who found the defendant's drug use had played a role in "triggering" his mental illness, although he had not taken cannabis in the hours and days leading up to the attack.

Gulbudak was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of six-and-a-half years and ordered to be held and treated in a secure mental unit

The killer had previously admitted manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility.

Speaking after his murder a cousin of the victim told the Standard: “His family was everything to him. He worked so hard for them to build a better life for them all, especially his kids. He wanted them all to go to university.

“He was a very good daddy. He always put his family first. He never took a holiday, he just worked and worked because he loved his kids and wanted to support his family.

“He was a wonderful family man.”

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