Student stabs 19-year-old to death over Whatsapp argument over who was least gay by Tom Embury-Dennis

Paul Akinnuoye found guilty of murder for stabbing a teenager to death Met Police

A student is facing life in prison for murdering a man over a WhatsApp argument about who was least gay.

Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, stabbed to death Jordan Wright, 19, after the pair traded gay insults in a group called “Ice city boyz”, a court heard.

The defendant called Mr Wright a “batty boy”, and he retorted: “On your mum’s life I’m straighter than you.”

The argument escalated and led to the pair agreeing to a fight in Shooters Hill, south-east London.

Akinnuoye armed himself with a small knife but the victim, who was due to start a construction apprenticeship days later, regarded it as a “fist fight ting”, the court was told.

On the evening of 19 April last year, the defendant travelled from Tunbridge Wells and met with a group of men, including Mr Wright, in Blackheath.

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Mr Wright suffered repeated stab wounds, collapsed and died.

In the struggle, part of the knife was left at the scene while the defendant made off in a taxi.

A specialist sniffer dog called Dizzy found a piece of red plastic on the ground which Akinnuoye’s housemates later identified as belonging to a set of knives.

He tried to dispose of his phone and cover his tracks, prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said.

During his trial, the defendant accepted he was at the scene but blamed someone else for the killing.

A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for a day to find him guilty of murder.

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