Couple ‘bludgeoned boy, 17, to death and kept his insect-infested body in loft for eight months where they showed if off to pals’
A SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy was bludgeoned and stabbed to death by a couple who kept his insect-infested body in a loft for eight months before being shown off to pals, a court heard.
Gary Hopkins, 37, and Stacy Docherty, 28, allegedly murdered Abdi Ali with a 16cm knife and a claw hammer at their flat in Enfield, North London on December 21 2017.
The teen’s decomposing body was found by cops after friends reported Hopkins and Docherty to police claiming they admitted to the crime while on drugs.
Ali was stabbed at least 11 times in the chest and at least once in the neck, and he was hit with a hammer at least three times on top of the head.
The Somalian’s body was so badly decomposed and infested with insects that experts couldn’t tell if the stab wounds reached his heart.
The teen was allegedly a drug dealer and was asleep on the couple’s sofa when he was attacked, the court heard.
His body was then bundled in a duvet cover in the loft for the next eight months, before the decomposing corpse was shown to friends, the Old Bailey in London heard.
The court heard Hopkins and Docherty stole £400 in cash and “a large amount of heroin” from the boy’s pockets.
‘A SAVAGE ATTACK’
Docherty allegedly admitted to the pal the murder was for financial reasons because she wanted to be able to afford “a good Christmas” for her three children she has with Hopkins.
Jurors heard in court on Wednesday the couple were heavy drug users and regularly took heroin and crack at the family home.
Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC said: “The body was wrapped in a bloodstained duvet cover with two plastic bags over the head, secured by a strap and start lead, creating a noose around the neck.
“The evidence shows this must have been a savage attack.
“The degree of decomposition was consistent with a period of eight months.”
He told the Old Bailey Ali’s family reported him missing and police had desperately tried to find him.
He added: “Meanwhile, as the months passed by, these defendants kept that body of Abdi Ali hidden away up in that attic.
“About eight months went by before it was finally discovered, by that stage having suffered serious decomposition and become infested with insects and the like.
“It was not until the end of August last summer that the family’s worst fears were finally confirmed when the police had to deliver to them the terrible news about the discovery of the body.”
She wanted a nice Christmas for the children
Patterson told the court about how the couple had visitors to the flat in August last year.
Stacie Collard, a childhood friend of Docherty’s, told jurors of the moment Hopkins told her he had killed a drug dealer and was storing his body in the loft.
Docherty sister’s boyfriend Kamil Mikolajczyk reached his hand into the loft and felt the body up there, and Collard said she tried to convince Docherty to hand herself over to the police.
She said: “She said it was because he was being disrespectful.
“She also had a debt of £60 to the guy and they hadn’t bought Christmas presents for the children and that’s why I believe it was done.
“I think she was due to pay it before he was killed. I think she was due to be paying him in a day or two.
“Because it was just before Christmas she said he was killed.”
Collard said she had gone to visit Docherty with her sister Leena Keenan and sister’s Polish boyfriend in August 2018 because Docherty had “not sounded like herself” on the phone, a court heard.
Along with Hopkins, Docherty, her sister and Mikolajczyk, they smoked crack cocaine and Docherty and Hopkins took heroin at the flat, a court heard.
‘I’VE TOLD THEM ABOUT THE ATTIC’
Hopkins allegedly told them that he had killed before and that the body was in the attic.
Patterson said: “He revealed to her that he had killed someone before and that the body was in his attic.
“Hopkins said that when they got back to the flat that he was going to go up to his partner Stacy Docherty and mention the attic and that they should watch her reaction.
“When they got back to the flat Hopkins gave Stacy Docherty some drugs and did what he had said he was going to do.
“He said to her: ‘I’ve told them about the attic’.”
Jurors heard Docherty began to cry uncontrollably and ran to the bathroom while Hopkins showed Mikolajczyk the body in the loft.
The prosecutor said: “Liana Keenan made it clear that she had been aware of it and that it had occurred before Christmas.
“She revealed that the motive had been financial, stating that she had wanted to give her children a good Christmas.
“Liana Keenan describes her then calming down and appearing to be relieved as if a weight had come off her shoulders.”
Collard told jurors she shared the secret with her partner that day and the two went to Hatfield Police Station to report it the following Monday
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Hopkins and Docherty deny murdering Ali.
Hopkins admits charges of perverting the course of justice and preventing a lawful burial between December 21, 2017, and August 27 last year, but Docherty denies them.
She claims Hopkins is the killer and that he put Abdi’s body in the loft without her help.
The trial continues.
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