Man jailed for killing his dad in front of Kilburn High Road café customers

Cafe owner was a 'fine, generous man who seemed proud to help the Kilburn community in any way he could'

Thursday, 4th May 2017 — By William McLennan

Huseyin Gülbudak

Huseyin Gülbudak

A MAN has been jailed for stabbing his father to death in front of horrified customers at the café owned by his family.

Baran Gulbudak, 22, attacked his father, Huseyin, while he was working at Efes Cafe in Kilburn High Road at around 7pm on August 1 last year. He died at St Mary’s Hospital, in Paddington, a little over an hour later at 8.15pm.

Baran, who has paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of six years and six months, at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, having earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility. He was sent to a secure mental health unit for treatment.

Moving tributes to Mr Gulbudak, who ran the café for nearly two decades, were paid by customers in the days after his death last summer. A memorial plaque was installed on a bench in Kilburn High Road, where Mr Gulbudak liked to sit, last year. Mel Wright, of Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE), said he wanted to remember Mr Gulbudak, who would open his café on Christmas Day for older people living alone in Kilburn.

Mr Wright said: “Huseyin was a fine, generous man who seemed proud to help the Kilburn community in any way he could. “This tribute is to show our appreciation of Huseyin’s community spirit. Huseyin was a warm, quietly spoken gentleman who was kind to his many regular customers. Many of them were older people living alone. He even opened up the café on Christmas Day to serve them lunch so they could have some company.”

Varina Richey, who worked at the Good Ship bar on the other side of the street, said: “Huseyin was a gentleman. He was warm, kind and played a huge role in the neighbourhood. I’m from Canada and my first year here he made me feel like I was in a small and close-knit community, and we were. He introduced me to bubble and squeak and bacon butties, always with a smile. There are a lot of hurting hearts tonight, I can tell you. “He didn’t ever deserve anything like this and his stolen life is a huge loss to us all.”

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, whose former office is just four doors away on Kilburn High Road, said: “It is such a tragic loss of life. Anyone who worked or lived nearby knew Mr Gulbudak – he was a real character of Kilburn High Road. He was always ready in Efes with a smile and a cheery welcome. Many of my team of volunteers treated the café as a second home in the run-up to the general election, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

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