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Pair who shot friend four times before burying him in shallow grave jailed for 32 years

Hidir Aksakal
Hidir Aksakal

Two men who shot a friend dead in a "brutal" murder before burying his body in a shallow grave in Epping Forest have been jailed for at least 32 years.

Remzi Akguc and Yilmaz Coskun murdered father-of-two Hidir Aksakal, 47, also known as Boxer Cetin, at a house in Tottenham on August 17 last year following a row over a woman.

The Turkish men hauled their friend's body into a car in the dead of night then buried it in a boggy area of the Essex woodland known as Hollow Pond.

Three weeks later, a walker came across the remains, which were found to have been shot four times, including a final bullet fired while the gun was held inside Mr Aksakal's mouth.

An investigation into the victim's last known movements led police to Coskun and Akguc, with the latter caught on CCTV after the killing buying a burial kit including a shovel, tarpaulin, rope, trolley and gloves.

Akguc, 41, of Margery Street, west London, and Coskun, 36, of no fixed address, were told they could expect to spend a minimum of 32 years of life sentences behind bars after they were convicted of murder.

Sentencing them at the Old Bailey, Richard Marks QC said: "This was an execution in which the undoubted intention was to kill Mr Aksakal."

He added: "This was a brutal killing and it was a truly shocking way for anyone to die whatever the grievance you may have had with him."