Nigerian jailed for life after killing autistic boy over WhatsApp argument

A Nigerian student who stabbed an autistic teenager to death over a row on WhatsApp has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 21 year.

Nigerian jailed for life after killing autistic boy over WhatsApp argument lailasnews

Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, traded homophobic insults with Jordan Wright, 19, in a WhatsApp group called “Ice city boyz”.

Akinnuoye, of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, called the 19-year-old a “batty boy” and he retorted: “On your mum’s life I’m straighter than you.”

As the argument escalated, the pair arranged to meet for a fight to settle their differences in Blackheath, southeast London, on 19 April last year.

Akinnuoye, who had a past conviction for carrying a knuckleduster was carrying a knife but Mr Wright, who was due to start a construction apprenticeship days later, thought it was a “fist fight”, the court heard.

He was stabbed in the chest and collapsed after telling friends he felt “unwell”. He later died in hospital.

Akinnuoye’s knife was recovered from a bush in the park and he was convicted of murder earlier this year.

Judge Philip Katz QC jailed Akinnuoye to life with a minimum term of 21 years, condemning friends who had stoked their WhatsApp row. He said;

“The trigger for this murder was an utterly trivial dispute on a WhatsApp group chat which involved you, Jordan and others,”

“Jordan lost his life as a result of this pathetic goading on social media. Jordan’s death was as pointless as it was tragic.”

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