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Louis Vuitton Model George Koh Found Guilty Of Murdering Nigerian Rival, Harry Uzoka

Louis Vuitton Model George Koh Found Guilty Of Murdering Harry Uzoka

A jealous Louis Vuitton model is facing a life sentence for brutally stabbing a rival to death after becoming envious of his success.

George Koh, 24, had clashed with victim Harry Uzoka, a Nigerian even boasting he’d slept with Mr Uzoka’s girlfriend, fellow catwalk starlet Ruby Campbell.

Koh had been branded a “fake” by Mr Uzoka, who had warned him to stop copying him in heated social media exchanges.

The victim was described in court as “the country’s most famous black model”, who had won contracts with Mercedes and Levi’s.

As a falling out between the pair escalated, Mr Uzoka wrote in a direct message: “Leave my name out of your mouth, it’s that’s simple, I’ve never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild.”

He arranged a confrontation to settle the row with Koh ‘face to face’ in Shepherd’s Bush on January 11 this year.

Mr Uzoka, 25, recruited his flatmate, Adrian Harper, as back-up and the pair made their way around the corner to Ollgar Close armed with a dumbbell bar each.

But Koh was waiting with a knife in each hand accompanied by ‘big, burly, strong’ pals Merse Dikanda, wielding a ‘terrifying’ machete, and personal trainer Jonathan Okigbo, both also 24.

“It is not difficult to work out which side won and which side lost,” said prosecutor Richard Horwell QC.

When the rivals confronted each other, Harry and his friend revealed the dumbbell bars before Koh stated “are you mad?” and pulled out two knives.

Okigbo reached over to a black bag held by Dikanda and pulled out an object with a black handle, stating “I want to let this off at you”.

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Mr Harper managed to escape but Mr Uzoka was quickly cornered around a parked red VW Polo and knifed in the heart by Koh before he managed to run back to his flat.

He collapsed outside his home and died on the pavement despite the best efforts of the emergency services.

Mr Horwell told jurors in his closing speech Koh “plainly had an obsession with Harry Uzoka”.

“He even suggested to one witness that they were at a similar level in the modelling world – and that was not true,” the prosecutor said.

“Whatever was going on in Koh’s mind, and you may think you haven’t been told anything like the truth, whatever was going on in his mind was festering into an unhealthy and toxic mix, and that is what the events of 11 January suggest.”

Koh, of York Way, Camden, northwest London, denied murder but was convicted unanimously by the jury.

He had earlier admitted possessing two knives on the day of the attack.

Dikanda, of no fixed address, denied murder, possessing a machete on the day of the attack and possessing a bladed article in a separate incident two weeks later but was found guilty on all three counts.

Okigbo, of Trevithic House, York Rise, Camden, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

All three were remanded in custody ahead of sentence on 21 September.

In a statement, Harry’s family said: “Harry’s death has been a great shock to everyone that knew him and even those that did not.

“He left a positive and irreplaceable mark on so many. We still find it difficult to believe he is actually gone. It was yet again another senseless killing.

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“Harry was a hard-working, committed and ambitious young man.

“He was a role model for all, especially young black boys, a high percentage of whom are raised in poverty and need positive influences to encourage them to stay on the right track in life.

“It is so important for young boys to see people like themselves from similar backgrounds doing well so that they can also have positive dreams and aspirations that they know are achievable. Harry was such a positive, loving and caring influence.”

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