- Ozughan Altun stabbed Michael Paul Baptista five times on the chest
A man who stabbed a 24-year-old through the heart with a pair of scissors has been given life imprisonment.
Ozughan Altun, 31, of Dalston Square, Hackney was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, 26 January.
Altun was previously convicted of murder at the same court on Friday, 18 December in 2020.
Altun stabbed Michael Paul Baptista five times before leaving him to die on the street on December 19 in 2019.
The police investigation disclosed that the attacker was obsessed with his victim before the incident.
The problem started when Michael started a relationship with Altun’s ex-girlfriend.
The loverboy was attacked in a frenzy when he visited a location near the defendant’s shop in Walthamstow
London Ambulance Service and Met Police met Michael Baptista on the street with stab wounds on Bromley Road, Waltham Forest around 19:15hrs on 19 December.
Despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The detectives said Altun had also called the police at the same time that he had been attacked by Michael and was taken to hospital.
He lied to the paramedics on his way to the hospital, according to the police report, that he was stabbed by his victim who he claimed was stalking his family.
Officers later arrested Altun at the hospital and found a drawing of the victim in his pocket with a scribbled note saying “Michael is an idiot”, investigator disclosed.
During an interview with the Met’s Homicide Teams at the Specialist Crime Command North, Altun insisted that he was the victim of an attack, claiming he defended himself.
He also claimed he was “petrified” by his victim’s who he claimed hit him over the head.
However, Altun defence collapsed after the police pulled up CCTV showing that Michael had gone to Forest Road outside the attacker’s shop before they had both left.
The CCTV also showed Altun threatening his victim who backed away from him.
The CCTV also captured the moment Altun threw away the scissors he had used to stab Michael Baptista on the chest.
More investigation, according to the police report, showed that investigators found a video on Altun’s phone showing him burning a strip of passport-style photos with his girlfriend and Michael’s faces on them.
The police also discovered “countless messages relating to Baptista” from the months leading up to the deadly attack.
Details analysis showed that the row started over a girl. Altun’s girlfriend had earlier broken up with him, she then started a relationship with Michael and also ended it, and return to Altun.
Police said Altun’s jealousy grew after and before Michael went to Bromley Road where he met his death, he requested a meet to discuss the issue about the girl they had both dated.
Police said it was Michael who had wanted to talk to better understand the situation between the three parties.
It was gathered that Michael never went into Altun’s shop, they met face to face first in Forest Road, and a few seconds later, he was attacked with a pair of scissors by jealous Altun.
Detectives charged Altun on December 21 2019, and the trial commenced on 23 November 2020.
In a statement, Detective Sergeant Gurj Singh said “This was a violent incident that took place in a residential street in E17 between two parties known to each other, in which Michael Baptista was fatally stabbed.
“Michael’s family attended the trial and has been saddened and deeply affected by the events of the 19 December 2019.
‘I would like to pay tribute to Michael’s father and brother who have shown strength in attending court throughout the trial and for the family’s support for our investigation. I would like to pay tribute to their strength and support for our investigation.
“I hope that the Baptista family will feel they have received closure through the criminal justice system.
Altun will have to serve a minimum of 19 years for the murder.