A male Louis Vuitton model faces a life jail sentence after being convicted of stabbing his rival to death in a row over a girlfriend. George Koh was obsessed with catwalk rival Harry Uzoka’s success and had boasted in Instagram messages he had slept with the GQ star’s girlfriend Ruby Campbell.
Mr Uzoka was knifed in the heart, shoulder and back after a confrontation with Koh, 24, in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, in January this year.
The 25-year-old was chased and cornered around a parked car by Koh and three friends before his rival knifed him three times.
Wounded, Mr Uzoka stumbled towards his Shepherd’s Bush home, but collapsed and died on the pavement outside.
Described in court as Britain’s ‘most famous black model’, Mr Uzoka and his music video editor pal Adrian Harper took dumbbell bars for extra protection.
But it turned out their rivals were armed with knives and what they thought was a gun during the stand-off.
He starred in a GQ photoshoot shortly before his death which saw him stand in front of a Mercedes Benz feature for the magazine.
Mr Uzoka also starred in campaigns for Zara and Mercedes and regularly modelled for clothing line Everlane.
He was signed up by world renowned agent Premiere Model Management, who helped launched the career of Naomi Campbell.
Koh, a former Louis Vuitton and Paul Smith model, previously posted a photo on Instagram of David Beckham standing in front of his photo at London Fashion Week.
The defendant claimed he acted in self-defence and only wanted to meet face to face for him to apologise to his rival for thinking he had bedded Ms Campbell.
All three defendants, including Koh, and his two friends who were also at the scene, Jonathan Okigbo and Merse Dikanda, all denied murder.
Koh had already pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of two knives, but Dikanda denied having an offensive weapon, a machete and knife.
At the Old Bailey today a jury found Koh and Dikanda guilty of murder after 18 hours of deliberation. Okigbo was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Dikanda was also found guilty of two counts of possessing a bladed weapon. None of the defendants reacted as the verdicts were returned.
Judge Wendy Jospeh QC adjourned the hearing until September 21 all three will sentenced.
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