Case: Teenager stabbed in Blackheath: Jordan Wright
Jordan Wright
Paul Akinnuoye
Status: Solved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Jordan Wright, 19, was stabbed to death by a former friend in Blackheath on 19 April 2017.

Police and paramedics were called to Hervey Road at the junction of Begbie Road at around 8.10pm.

Jordan, who lived in Catford and was due to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry on 24 April, had suffered stab injuries and died after being taken to hospital.

A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was an incised wound to the chest.

On 1 September 2017 Paul Akinnuoye, 19 (19.01.98) of Cobbetts Ride, Tunbridge Wells, was charged with murder.

Akinnuoye went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 February 2018. He was convicted of murder on 22 February and is due to be sentenced on 14 June 2018.

Killer Paul Akinnuoye (left) and victim Jordan Wright

The court heard Jordan and Akinnuoye fell out during a group chat on Whatsapp and arranged to meet for a pre-arranged fight. 

CCTV cameras captured an initial confrontation when Akkinuoye was physically held back from Jordan following an exchange of words.

The group then entered the park off Begbie Road and Jordan was fatally stabbed in the chest during a fight.

He was helped out of the park by his friends before collapsing and saying: 'I feel unwell.'

The murder weapon was found in shrubbery at the park and linked to Akinnuoye's home address.

Detective Inspector Jo Sideaway,of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This murder left Jordan's family devastated and was a big shock to the local community; seemingly over a minor dispute between two young men. While nothing will ever make up for this needless loss of life, I hope that today's guilty verdict will bring some closure for his loved ones."

In a victim impact statement submitted to the court, Jordan's mother, Katharine Alade, said: "You don't realise until it happens to you how far reaching one moment of madness can be and what an impact it can make on your life forever. There is not one day when I don't shed tears.

"I didn't think it was possible to feel such physical, psychological or mental pain until that fateful day last April. I know I will never be the same. It is now nearly a year later and I still feel as depressed as I did the day I went to Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Woolwich to be told that my son did not make it.

"I could have dealt with him dying at such a young age through illness, but not by the hands of a boy the same age as him and over what?

Jordan's father, Neville Wright, said: "Jordan was my son, his death has changed my life forever. He was very loving, funny and a very caring person, as well as a very popular person. I think of him every day, of what he would have achieved in life - he is gone, but not forgotten."

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