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A police canine helped clear up the homicide of a drug vendor who was stabbed to loss of life by a gang raiding his house for medication and cash.

The canine Monty discovered £8,000 in money hidden within the headboard of a mattress belonging to 30-year-old Olsi Kuka, who was murdered at his north London house in May 2022.

The discovery of the cash, described as “vital evidence”, was used to convict the 5 males of homicide, who had failed to search out the money in the course of the botched raid for “ill-gotten gains”.

“The violence used in this attack was calculated, vicious and unrelenting. The five men had planned to rob Olsi and were prepared to use any force necessary in order to get what they wanted.

“We are thankful for the work of our police dog Monty, who was able to find vital evidence that helped secure a successful conviction,” Met police detective chief inspector Neil Rawlinson stated.

Olsi Kuka was present in his mattress with a number of stab wounds (Metropolitan Police/PA) (AP Avg)

During a trial on the Old Bailey, a jury heard the group all travelled to Olsi’s house tackle shortly earlier than 3am on 11 May 2022.

Wearing Covid masks, they had been break up into two Mercedes vehicles that parked exterior earlier than the group pressured entry into the flat and attacked Olsi, stabbing him quite a few instances.

They then ransacked his flat, trying to find medication and cash they believed Olsi had in his property – however missed the essential £8,000 in money.

The sufferer’s cousin, Alush Kuka, who was residing within the flat in Whetstone, north London, was additionally injured in the course of the frenzied assault.

According to his account, he was sitting up in mattress when he heard a banging as if the door was being kicked in, the court docket was advised.

Three of the attackers who went into his room had been sporting Covid masks and two had knives, jurors heard. He was threatened, punched and slashed with a blade and his mattress lifted up in a search of his bed room, it was alleged.

After the robbers left, he discovered his cousin mendacity in his mattress coated in blood, jurors had been advised. The flat had been “ransacked” and potential “hiding places” looked for medication and cash.