A Nigerian man, Samuel Odupitan, who stabbed a lodge concierge employee to dying so he might steal his Gucci bag, has been convicted of homicide.
Odupitan, 24, knifed Tyler Roye six occasions as he was making his approach dwelling after work in south London in February.
Prosecutors mentioned Odupitan had come throughout his 24-year-old sufferer on the tram after which “murdered him in chilly blood for the sake of a designer bag”.
The defendant, from Croydon, was discovered responsible of homicide following a trial at Croydon Crown Courtroom, BBC reviews.
He had additionally beforehand pleaded responsible to 4 counts of theft over the assault which came about shortly after midnight on February 26.
Roye, who labored at Vacation Inn in Stratford, left the tram in Woodside and had simply picked up a name from his girlfriend when he was confronted by Odupitan who demanded his possessions, the courtroom heard.
After a wrestle, the 24-year-old defendant fled with the second-hand Bengal tiger print bag whereas Roye managed to make it to a pal’s home earlier than collapsing inside.
He was taken to hospital however died simply earlier than 03:00 GMT.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) mentioned Odupitan had first been noticed on CCTV, whereas evaluation of his cellphone discovered quite a few pictures of knives in addition to a video of him driving round in a automobile armed with a blade.
Senior crown prosecutor Devi Kharran mentioned it had been an “opportunistic and unprovoked assault on a hardworking younger man who was on his approach dwelling from work”.
He mentioned Odupitan had “pursued” his sufferer from the second he noticed him on the tram and Roye “had misplaced his life just because he had the deadly misfortune of encountering a violent robber on his approach dwelling”.
Odupitan might be sentenced on 7 December.