A Nigerian, Paul Akinnuoye, has been jailed for life for stabbing an autistic teenager, Jordan Wright, to death following a Whatsapp argument of who was least gay.
Akinnuoye, 20, called Wright, 19, a “batty boy” and he retorted, “On your mum’s life, I’m straighter than you,” and the argument led to the pair agreeing to a fight in Shooters Hill, South-East London, The Metropolitan Police wrote on its website.
They were said to have headed into a nearby park, with the teenage victim unaware that Akinnuoye was armed with a kitchen knife.
Wright, a college graduate, who was due to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry, died after being stabbed in the chest.
During the sentencing, Wright’s mother, Katharine Alade, reportedly described her son as a “happy, loving, thoughtful but solitary child.”
She said, “Due to his autism, Jordan was not realistic and did not understand the complexities of life and what was going on.
“He did not fully take on board the dangers on the streets these days.”
Judge Philip Katz, QC, said, “This is another family devastated by the untimely death of a young man stabbed to death in public.
“The trigger for this murder was an utterly trivial dispute on a WhatsApp group chat which involved you, Jordan and others.”
The judge further condemned the defendant’s friends on WhatsApp who encouraged the fight, saying: “Jordan lost his life as a result of this pathetic goading on social media, Jordan’s death was as pointless as it was tragic.”
“Unlike you, he had an innocent outlook on life and did not fully take on board the dangers of knife crime and violence.”
The defendant’s attorney, John Femi-Ola, QC, said Akinnuoye was an A-grade student who came from an academic family and had thrown away the opportunity to study pharmacy at Brighton University.