Harry Uzoka Death: 3 Jailed For 61 Years In UK For Killing Nigerian Model Over A Girl
Three men have been jailed for about 61 years for killing a model in a row over his girlfriend.
The 25-year-old, Harry Uzoka, a Nigerian – dubbed ‘Britain’s most famous black model’ after winning contracts with Mercedes and Levi’s – was stabbed in the heart by fellow model George Koh in west London in January after he went to settle the dispute.
Koh, convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in August, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.
He was accompanied by two friends – Merse Dikanda, 24, who was armed with a machete, and Jonathan Okigbo, 24, a personal trainer.
While Dikanda, was also found guilty of murder and jailed for at least 22 years, Okigbo was given a 14-year sentence for manslaughter.
‘Obsessed’ Koh, a former model for Louis Vuitton, claimed he slept with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend Ruby Campbell on Instagram before they confronted each other in broad daylight on January 11.
Mr Uzoka died on the pavement after being knifed in the heart when Koh and his two friends, chased and cornered him armed with knives and a machete on a housing estate in Shepherd’s Bush, west London.
The trio were convicted in a jury trial after all denied the murder near Mr Uzoka’s home.
Delivering his judgement, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said: ‘The loss of any life is tragic, the more so when a victim is so young, able and generous.
‘Harry Uzoka was a young man of exceptional talent, who overcame his own difficulties to make a great success of his young life and to be a remarkable role model for others. He was 25 years old when you killed him.
‘Behind that bald statement are these facts: Harry Uzoka had, with great talent, forged a successful international career as a male model. He was one of the first black British men to do so.
‘He was generous with his time and enjoyed helping others like him to do the same. Amongst those was George Koh.
‘The relationship broke down because of George Koh’s behaviour, which swung between excessive admiration and spite.
‘This manifested itself in several ways. Sometimes Mr Koh would claimed to look very like Harry and tried to imitate his style of dress. At other times he contacted Harry’s Instagram friends, falsely speaking ill of them.’