A man who was arrested in the Netherlands after being on the run from police in the UK for almost six years has been jailed for more than 14 years for a violent assault he committed in 2007.
Husamettin Selimoglu, 53 (01.01.1961), of London Road, Croydon, was found guilty of GBH with intent and sentenced to 14 years 10 months imprisonment at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 5 December.
Police were called on 29 December, 2007 to reports of a stabbing in London Road, Croydon. The victim – who was then 42 years old – had been assaulted and stabbed several times in the head, leg and hand during a violent attack. The victim was taken to hospital, where he remained in a critical condition for several days. He eventually recovered and was discharged from hospital, but suffered long-term injuries to his hands and leg as a result of the attack.
Detectives from Croydon CID investigated the incident and identified Selimoglu as the suspect after it emerged that he and the victim were business partners, but had fallen out.
However, when initial enquiries were made to arrest him, officers discovered that he had left the country shortly after the attack had taken place. A European Arrest Warrant was issued on 17 July, 2008 for his arrest.
Detectives from Croydonâ€™s Wanted Offenders Unit carried out enquiries to try and establish Selimogluâ€™s whereabouts and they learned that he was possibly living in the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands.
Officers contacted colleagues in the Dutch police with his details in 2013 and Selimoglu was eventually located and arrested by officers in Holland on 3 November, 2013.
He was extradited back to the UK on 13 January, 2014, and was subsequently charged with attempted murder upon his return. Following a three-day trial at Croydon Crown Court, he was found guilty of GBH with intent, but was found not guilty of attempted murder.
Detective Constable Matt Day, who was part of the Wanted Offenders Unit at Croydon, who tracked Selimoglu down said:
â€œThis case demonstrates our commitment to bringing serious offenders to justice, no matter how long or difficult it may be to find and arrest them.
â€œWhilst it took a number of years to find Selimoglu, we never gave up and thanks to the help of the local Dutch police in the Amsterdam area, he was arrested and has now been convicted of a very serious crime. I hope that this can now give the victim some closure in the case, knowing that his attacker will be behind bars for a number of years.â€