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London student murdered after argument over who was least gay

London student murdered after argument over who was least gay

Paul Akinnuoye found guilty of murder

A student was stabbed to death after an argument over who was least gay.

Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, killed 19-year-old Jordan Wright.

Argument over who was ‘least gay’ on Whatsapp

The pair had called each other homophobic insults on a Whatsapp group called ‘Ice City Boyz’.

Akinnuoye called Wright a ‘batty boy’. Wright then responded: ‘On your mum’s life I’m straighter than you.’

The argument over who was least gay escalated. This led to the pair agreeing to a fight in Shooters Hill, south-east London.

Wright, who was due to start a construction apprenticeship days later, thought it would be a ‘fist fight ting’.

But Akinnuoye armed himself with a small knife, the court was told.

Victim stabbed to death

On 19 April last year, the defendant met with a group of men, including Wright, in Blackheath.

Wright then suffered repeated stab wounds, collapsed and died.

Part of the knife was left at scene while the defendant ran away in a taxi.

A sniffer dog found a piece of red plastic on the ground. Akinnuoye’s housemates identified this as belonging to a set of knives.

While the defendant tried to dispose his phone and cover his tracks, he was soon caught.

During the trial, the defendant claimed someone else did the killing.

Found guilty of murder

An Old Bailey jury found him guilty of murder.

Wright’s mother, Katherine Alade, told PA: ‘You don’t realize until it happens to you how far reaching one moment of madness can be and what an impact it can make on your life forever.

‘There is not one day when I don’t shed tears.

‘I could have dealt with him dying at such a young age through illness, but not by the hands of a boy the same age as him and over what?’

His father, Neville Wright, added: ‘He was very loving , funny and a very caring person, as well as a very popular person.

‘I think of him every day…of what he would have achieved in life.

‘He is gone, but not forgotten.’