A Nigerian, Paul Akinnuoye, has been jailed for life for stabbing a 19-year-old to death over a ‘trivial’ row on WhatsApp over who was the ‘least gay’.
It was gathered that Akinnuoye, 20, arranged to ‘have it out’ with 19-year-old Jordan Wright after they bickered over who was the ‘straighter’ of the two in a WhatsApp group chat called ‘Ice city boyz’.
The petty argument started after one of the other chat members got into a new relationship.
Akinnuoye called Wright a “batty boy” and he retorted, “On your mum’s life, I’m straighter than you.”
The argument led to the pair agreeing to a fight in Shooters Hill, South-East London.
They were said to have headed into a nearby park, with the teenage victim unaware that Akinnuoye was armed with a kitchen knife.
The college graduate, who was due to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry, died after being stabbed in the chest.
Helped out of the park, the teenager collapsed at its entrance after saying, “I feel unwell”.
Local residents came to his assistance, administering first aid until the arrival of the LAS who took him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he died at 21:24hrs.
A special post-mortem held at Greenwich Mortuary the following day gave cause of death as an incised wound to the chest. Other stab injuries were also found on his body.
While passing the life in prison sentence to Akinnuoye for the murder, Judge Philip Katz QC told him:
‘The trigger for this murder was an utterly trivial dispute on a WhatsApp group chat which involved you, Jordan and others. ‘Some members of the group chat were friends of yours from school.
‘Reading that social media chat with the benefit of hindsight one can only recoil in horror at the way members of the group wound you and Jordan up to fight each other for no reason that makes sense. ‘Jordan lost his life as a result of this pathetic goading on social media.
‘The fact that such goading provided the motive makes Jordan’s death as pointless as it was tragic.’
Speaking outside the Old Bailey after the sentencing, Jordan’s mother Katharine Alade said he was a ‘loving child’ who ‘wouldn’t hurt a fly’.
‘He was full of jokes but he knew the difference between right and wrong,’ she said.
‘Even though he went to that park to have a fight over nonsense, he never took a knife. I always warned Jordan about the implications of carrying a knife.’
Akinnuoye was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars.