Old Bailey trial for nicking Uncle Ali’s knife


An intruder stole a kitchen knife from his uncle’s kebab house while banned from the eatery, a court heard. Erdem Dirik, 34, turned up at Ali Dirik’s restaurant Mangal 2 in Stoke Newington, grabbed a blade and put it in his jacket pocket. His uncle’s food has been praised by celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Yotam Ottolenghi. Prosecutor Elizabeth Cobb told the Old Bailey: ‘The defendant entered as a trespasser and stole a kitchen knife from that…

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