DAD KILLING: Rare bike could hold the key


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DAD KILLING: Rare bike could hold the key
02 April 2009
A Benelli TNT 1130 motorbike – the model used by the killers
A Benelli TNT 1130 motorbike – the model used by the killers

A FAST racing motorcycle could prove the key to unravelling who shot a father-of-three and his son.

Detectives have now identified the vehicle used by the assassins when they shot dead 50-year-old Ahmet Paytak and left his 21-year-old son Huseyin with a gun wound to his right thigh.

It was a red-and-black Benelli TNT 1130 that had been stolen from an address in Portpool Lane, Holborn, on October 31.

The powerful bike, which has distinctive twin lights above its back number plate, is one of only 112 in the UK – and one of only eight in London.

Police believe crooks have been using the motorcycle around north London since it was stolen.

It received parking tickets in Elton Place, Newington Green, in November. And on February 15, it received a speeding ticket in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

On the day of the shooting, CCTV spotted two men riding the bike in Seven Sisters Road before going into Tollington Road and then turning right into Hornsey Road. After the shooting, the killers headed back to Seven Sisters Road before overtaking traffic and jumping a red light to turn right into Blackstock Road. There the trail goes cold.

Several people claim to have spotted the bike after an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch on Monday.

But Detective Chief Inspector Carl Mehta is still looking for firm evidence as to who has it and where it is. He said: “The recovery of this motorcycle is extremely important. It’s very distinctive and extremely rare. Does anybody have any ideas where it is?”

DCI Mehta is also looking for someone to come forward with the identity of the two assassins – which nobody has done so far.

Police have also not recovered the firearm, which they now believe is a 9mm handgun.

Mr Paytak left behind wife Ayse, sons Kemal, 27 and Huseyin, daughter Elif, 25, and son-in-law Tuncay Ganidagli.

Speaking on Crimewatch, Elif said: “If they are capable of killing my dad, an innocent man, they are capable of killing anybody.”

Funeral prayers were held at the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi in Ridley Road, Dalston, on Tuesday – with Huseyin leaving hospital to attend. Yesterday (Wednesday) Mr Paytak’s body was being flown back to south-eastern Turkey, which he had left 11 years ago.

Anyone who can help should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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