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Trio convicted of killing student in row over dirty look

Trio convicted of killing student in row over dirty look

Three young men have been found guilty of killing a student outside his halls of residence in a trivial row over a dirty look.

Djojo Nsaka, 19, and two of his friends were returning to their digs at Middlesex University in Wembley, north London, when they were attacked in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Nsaka tried to calm the situation but was stabbed in the chest and collapsed in a pool of blood as his friends ran off.

The court heard how he was killed because of the "double stupidity" of "making something out of nothing" and carrying knives.

Prosecutor Willam Boyce QC had told the jury: "It had gone from pulling a face to 'I am going to kill him bring him outside' within the course of a day."

"And before another day had elapsed they had done just that - they had killed one of the boys."

After two-and-a-half days' deliberations, an Old Bailey jury found Donald Davies and Mukeh Kawa, both 21, from Colindale, north London, guilty of murder.

Their co-accused Ali Tas, 21, also from Colindale, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

The court heard how Mr Nsaka started a course at Middlesex University in September 2016 and lived in halls of residence with Daniel Tamfuri and Chris Bonda.

On January 18, the three friends were walking through the university when one of the defendants, Kawa, passed by and gave Mr Tamfuri a "screw-face" look, jurors heard.

The next day, they asked a female friend of Kawa's why he stared at them angrily and she accused Mr Tamfuri of giving him the "screw-face" expression.

He told her to tell Kawa he should "be humble" and she replied in sarcastic tones: "Don't worry, I will tell him," jurors heard.

The friends were out in Camden when the defendants arrived at the halls to have it out with them, jurors were told.

A security guard ejected the men and overheard one of them tell Mr Tamfuri's girlfriend: "I don't beat girls, bring your boyfriend. I'm gonna kill him, bring him outside."

And as they left, one of them shouted: "Watch, watch, watch", the court heard.

The three students returned at about 1am and were approached by the three men in a dark green Rover car.

The driver, Tas, shouted out: "Wat gwan fam! Humble who, humble whom, what you saying?"

He punched Mr Bonda in the face and Kawa produced a large knife from the waistband of his trousers and tried to stab him with it, the court heard.

Mr Bonda saw a third man, matching the description of Davies, also produce a knife.

The victim shouted out to them to stop what they were doing, saying "allow it", but Kawa continued saying "humble who, wha gwan?"

Mr Nsaka threw a traffic cone at the men but was left behind as his friends ran back into their halls of residence, the court heard.

A neighbour saw him collapse on the ground in a pool of blood as the three men got back into their car. He was pronounced dead just before 2am.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC will sentence the three defendants at the Old Bailey later.