Three young men have been jailed following the killing of a young student in North London. Two of them for life to serve at least 26 years.
19-year-old Djodjo Nsaka, a student at Middlesex University in Wembley, was stabbed to death over a trivial dispute over a ‘dirty look’.
Three men sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 10 August are Mukeh Joseph Kawa, and Donald Davies, both 21 who were both convicted of murder. They were both sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 26 years.
Ali Tas, 20 was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
The men were convicted at the same court on Thursday, 10 August.
The court heard how the day before the stabbing, one of the defendants, identified as Kawa, glared at the victim and two of his friends as he walked past them.
On Wednesday, 18 January, one of the 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.
After this, at around 00:35hrs, Kawa and the other two defendants drove to the Unite Halls of Residence on Rutherford Way in 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 about 01:00hrs on Thursday, 19 January, 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.
Ali Tas punched one of the victims in the face and both of Djodjo’s friends ran from the scene.
However, Djodjo 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 Djodjo collapsed on the pavement.
They gave him CPR until the emergency medics arrived. The doctors did their best to resuscitate Djodjo but could not save him; he was pronounced dead at 01:54hrs.
An immediate investigation was started by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.
A subsequent post-mortem examination on Friday, 20 January and 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 indentified by witnesses.
On Sunday, 22 January, 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 Djojo’s murder.
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 part of the 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!”