Nigerian Stabs Friend To Death Over WhatsApp Argument

WhatsApp Argument

Nigerian Stabs Friend To Death Over WhatsApp Argument

A Nigerian has been jailed for 21 years for killing his 19-year-old friend over an “utterly trivial” WhatsApp argument.

Paul Akinnuoye and Jordan Wright traded “gay” insults on a group chat on 19 April 2017 before the argument escalated into a fight in Shooters Hill, south-east London.

Mr Wright, who was described as “loving” and “very caring”, was fatally stabbed in that fight.

Akinnuoye, from Nigeria but lives in Kent, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 21 years.

Following the WhatsApp row, the pair agreed to a fight and met on Hervey Road in Blackheath where Akinnuoye, of Cobbetts Ride, in Tunbridge Wells, attacked Mr Jordan with a knife.

Mr Wright, who had come unarmed as he regarded it as a “fist fight”, died of his stab injuries the same day.

His mother Katharine Alade said her son’s autism meant he was “not realistic and did not understand the complexities of life and what was going on”, adding that he “did not fully take on board the dangers on the streets”.

“There is not one day when I don’t shed tears,” she said.

His father Neville Wright said his son’s death had changed his life “forever”, adding: “I think of him every day – of what he would have achieved in life. He is gone, but not forgotten.”