Two Sentenced for Michael McCarthy’s Murder in Stoke Newington

Mustafa Demirtas

Julian Edwards

Two men were sentenced to 19  years in prison at the Old Bailey this morning, Thursday 21 October, for murdering Stoke Newington teenager Michael McCarthy last November.

The pair Mustafa Demirtas and Julian Edwards both 21 from North London,`were found guilty yesterday, Wednesday 20 October.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Michael McCarthy was murdered as the result of a drugs dispute.

“This was a revenge attack carried out in cold blood by two men who have shown no remorse for their actions. Instead, both tried to avoid conviction by concocting their own versions of what had happened.

“This case illustrates how getting involved in drugs can lead directly to serious violence and murder.

“Demirtas and Edwards will now be able to reflect on their actions for many years.

“My thoughts are with Michael McCarthy’s family. I hope they can take some solace knowing justice has been served.”

19 year old Michael was walking his dog along Yoakly Road in Stoke Newington the evening of 19 November 2009, when a silver Fiat Punto with two men and driven by Mustafa Demirtas pulled up alongside him. Demirtas got out and confronted him followed by Julian Edwards who began repeatedly stabbing McCarthy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Michael McCarthy, 19, murdered in revenge over a drug deal

The court heard how Demirtas and Edwards got back into the car and made off, but not before driving the car backwards and forwards over McCarthys body.

The burnt out car was discovered the following day in Welwyn Garden City.

In sentencing the pair Judge Peter Thornton told them: “In the words of his mother, Michael McCarthy was ‘no angel’, but he did not deserve to die. He was only 19.”

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