Model Allegedly Murdered By 'Obsessed' Rival After Argument About Girlfriend
A model has been stabbed to death in what is thought to be a row over claims that his alleged killer - another model - had slept with his girlfriend.
A court was told that 25-year-old Harry Uzoka was stabbed in the chest after another male model, 24-year-old George Koh, claimed that he had slept with Uzoka's girlfriend.
Jurors heard how Koh boasted on Instagram that he had sex with Mr Uzoka's girlfriend, Ruby Campbell, who is also a model.
Koh has been portrayed in court as having been obsessed with the career of Uzoka and allegedly also told French model Ann-Cetta Lafon that he had slept with Miss Campbell.
Koh told the Old Bailey that Uzoka was "a bad man and a liar".
The pair are thought to have met up with the intent of settling their dispute at a location in London's Shepherd's Bush earlier this year on January 11th.
However, Koh and two of his friends, Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Arinze, both 24, arrived with machetes and knives, it has been said. Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were themselves armed with dumbbell bars, but ran away as soon as they realised that they were outnumbered.
A chase ensued and it has been alleged that once Uzoka was caught, Koh knifed him three times, including one blow through the heart. He died on the pavement outside his house, where he had staggered after the attack.
Richard Horwell QC, prosecuting, said: "Harry Uzoka was a well-known and successful model with a bright future ahead of him.
"This celebrity status is relevant because it is that part of his life that brought him into contact with George Koh.
"Koh was also a model, but not as successful as Uzoka, they were occupational acquaintances but certainly not friends.
"Koh had attempted to copy Uzoka and some said that they looked alike, Uzoka was annoyed because Koh made contact with some of Uzoka's friends.
"They worked in the same small and closed environment and they had to get along.
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He continued: "A dispute arose between them over a girl and they arranged a confrontation in Shepherd's Bush on the afternoon of 11 January.
"Adrian Harper was recruited by Uzoka at the very last moment, he happened to be in the flat where they lived and each took a dumbbell bar.
"Koh went three handed to Shepherd's Bush, he took with him the two defendants Jonathan Arinze and Merse Dikanda and took at least three knives.
"Koh had two and Dikanda had one, that knife that Dikanda had was a particularly large one, it looks like and was handled as if it was a machete.
"Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and between them stood little chance against knives."
Mr Uzoka had starred in campaigns for Mercedes Benz, Zara, and Everlane as part of his work, whereas Koh has worked for Louis Vuitton amongst others.
The prosecution continued: "Uzoka became trapped around a stationary car he faced the formidable and threatening sight of Dikanda and his terrifying knife.
"Koh, Arinze and Dikanda kept Uzoka confined to that area around the car. Eventually Uzoka was separated from the bar he had.
"He made a desperate run for freedom and he got away though he was chased by Arinze who had taken Uzoka's bar and threw that bar at Uzoka as he ran away.
"Uzoka escaped but his life was ebbing away from him.
"Whilst by the car he had been stabbed in the heart and when he reached the outside of his nearby home he collapsed.
"The emergency services did everything in their power to save him but his injuries were devastating and he died on the pavement outside of his home.
"It is the Crown's case that Koh stabbed Uzoka and that Arinze and Dikanda went with Koh to support and assist him in that initial infliction of serious harm."
The three men, from Camden, North London, deny murdering Uzoka. Dikanda also denies possession of an offensive weapon.
The trial continues.
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