Date: 7 Nov 2003
Erkan Konakli was shot in the back of the head.
His cause of death was given as a bullet wound to the back of the head. It was thought that he had been executed because of his links in the drugs trade and the criminal underworld. The police said that it was fair to say that he was involved in drugs trafficking and noted that his murder was a classic execution-style killing.
It was also suggested that he had been shot by a suspected heroin dealer that had owed him hundreds of pounds in drug money who lured him to the flat and shot him.
He was last seen on 7 November 2003 in Stoke Newington at the junction of Newington Green and Albion Road. When last seen he was wearing a baseball cap, blue and green trainers, blue jogging trousers and a top.
His body was found six days later on 13 November 2003 at 3pm in a canal at Willington Court in Clapton.
A man was tried for his murder but found not guilty
It was said that he had been found dead in a man's flat and that the man, who was a drug dealer, had decided to dispose of his body rather than risk a police investigation. Erkan Konakli was described as an acquaintance of the man tried for his murder.
He then hid his body in a barrel and took it to a canal in Hackney Marshes and dumped it.
The man was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice and sentenced to four years but acquitted of his murder.
Erkan Konakli had lived on Maltby Road in Enfield. He was a Turkish Cypriot and was 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build.