Woman cleared of the murder of North London barber Turgay Özcan

A 31-year-old woman has been found not guilty of fatally stabbing Turgay Özcan (pictured below) last year.

Katarzyna Poniatowska was cleared of murder on 17 December 2021 following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court. The pair were known to each other.

Police found Turgay with fatal stab injuries when they attended an incident at a property in Stamford Hill, North London, on the morning of June 4.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Turgay died from his injuries. He had been stabbed in the leg.

Ms Poniatowska was charged with his murder and had pleaded not guilty when she appeared in court last summer. She was found not guilty after a short trial.

Despite the extensive media coverage and huge Turkish community interest at the time of Turgay’s death, the case, court hearing and verdict has been barely reported.

Turgay Özcan


Turgay’s father Samet Özcan told T-VINE the family had been left “crushed” by the loss of their eldest son Turgay, that a piece of them “had died when he had”, and that they were “struggling” to process the decision of the court.


Image, top, of Wood Green Crown Court, 2019. Photo © Rillke / via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0