Three men from Colindale have been jailed after murdering a Wembley student over a dispute over a "dirty look".
Mukeh Joseph Kawa, 21, of Lancaster Close, and Donald Davies, 21, of Martlesham Walk, were convicted of the murder of 19-year old Djodjo Nsaka.
They were sentenced on Thursday (August 10) at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 26 years.
Ali Tas, 20,of Eagle Drive, Colindale, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for seven-and-a-half years. He had been acquitted of murder.
The court heard how the day before the stabbing, one of the defendants, identified as Kawa, glared at the victim, who was studying at Middlesex University in Wembley, and two of his friends as he walked past them.
On Wednesday January 18 one of Djodjo's friends approached a girl who knew Kawa and asked her why Kawa had been glaring at them, and said: "He [Kawa] should be humble." The girl stated she would pass this on.
At 12.35am on Thursday January 19, Kawa and the other two defendants drove to the Unite Halls of Residence in Rutherford Way, Wembley.
They entered the residence and started asking people for the whereabouts of the friend who had spoken to the girl. They became so aggressive that security had to be called and they were asked to leave. They left the residence shouting threats.
At around 1am the victim and his two friends were returning to the residence and were walking along Fulton Road. The three defendants pulled up in their car and attacked the victim and his two friends.
Tas punched one of the victims in the face and both of Djojo's friends ran from the scene.
However, Djojo was stabbed and witnesses saw him collapse at the scene before the defendants got into their car and drove away.
Emergency services were called and when officers arrived they found Djojo collapsed on the pavement.
They gave him CPR until the emergency medics arrived. The doctors did their best to resuscitate Djojo but could not save him; he was pronounced dead at 1.54am.
An immediate investigation was started by detectives from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command.
A subsequent post-mortem examination on Friday January 20 gave the cause of death as shock and bleeding from a stab wound to the chest which had pierced the heart.
Detectives began searching for the three defendants who had been identified by witnesses.
On Sunday January 22 Tas agreed to surrender himself to custody and, three days later, Davies and Kawa also agreed to surrender themselves.
All three were subsequently charged with murder, although Tas was later acquitted and found guilty of manslaughter instead.
Detective Sergeant Gary Morris, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "It is incredible to me that a young man could lose his life over a dispute that began with a dirty look.
"Djodjo was a student with a bright future in front of him; instead it was stolen from him for the most trivial of reasons.
"Moments of wholly unjustifiable rage and senseless violence have left a young man dead, a family bereft and struggling to come to terms with their loss.
"When anyone considers carrying a knife they might want to think about the possible consequences, a life lost, families devastated and the years the perpetrators will spend in prison."
In an impact statement, Djodjo's father Tuna Nsaka said: "I miss Djodjo more than I could ever have thought possible and his death has left an enormous void in our lives.
"Every day I get up with a heavy heart and look into the faces of my wife and children and watch as they struggle to get through life without their beloved Djodjo.
"Every day I do my best to support them and reassure them and think it will hurt less, it will be easier tomorrow for all of us, but it isn't."
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