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New bench honours stabbed Kilburn High Road cafe owner

Efes cafe's Huseyin Gulbudak would bring the elderly cups of tea

06 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

The Kilburn Olders Voices Exchange unveil the bench for Huseyin Gulbudak

A BENCH commem­orating a popular café owner which was stolen by thieves posing as workmen has been replaced.

The Kilburn Older Voices Exchange, Age UK Camden and Camden Council unveiled the new seat on Tuesday.

The stolen bench in Kilburn High Road had a plaque on it remembering Huseyin Gulbudak, who ran Efes cafe for more than 20 years before he was killed by his son in 2016. Mr Gulbudak would often bring out cups of tea to KOVE members on the bench – and opened up his café to isolated elderly people for a free Christmas day meal.

At Tuesday’s unveiling, Phyllis Young said: “We’re re-dedicating this bench to Huseyin. He was a very great friend and used to bring us out a cup of tea. We’re very pleased to have it again. We hope any older people who want a nice rest when they’re doing their shopping will use it.”

KOVE runs “bench-to-bench walks” for older people who want to get out and meet people. Each bench on the walking routes gives people a place to stop and catch their breath along the way.

Huseyin Gulbudak

Pran Handa, a KOVE member, said: “This bench is on my daily exercise route and it’s greatly missed. It’s good to have a breather when you are out, so I am very pleased.” The Kilburn High Road bench has been funded by Age UK Camden and the Town Hall. The original bench was stolen in July last year but no one was ever caught.

Barangu Gulbudak, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, pleaded guilty to manslaughter following the knife attack on his father in the café in August 2016. He was handed a life sentence with a minimum term of six-and-a-half years and ordered to be held and treated in a secure mental unit.

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