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Louis Vuitton Model Found Guilty Of Fatally Stabbing Rival
George Koh and Harry Uzoka engaged in a bitter social media feud, with Koh claiming to have slept with Uzoka's girlfriend.
A Louis Vuitton model is facing prison time after being convicted of fatally stabbing a rival in London, capping off a bitter social media feud.
George Koh was found guilty of murdering fellow model Harry Uzoka in a Jan. 11 attack. Koh had stabbed Uzoka through the heart outside of the latter's London home.
The two had engaged in a vicious social media war ahead of the violent altercation, during which Uzoka accused Koh of trying to copy him and the Koh claimed to have slept with Uzoka's girlfriend, according to The Associated Press.
"Koh claimed that he knew Uzoka well and then said that he had sex with Uzoka's girlfriend and that was the reason why they no longer talked," prosecutor Richard Horwell QC told the court, according to the BBC.
The fight continued over a messenger app.
“Leave my name out of your mouth, it’s that simple, I’ve never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild,” Uzoka wrote in a message to Koh shown in court, according to People.
The two suggested moving the fight from online to in-person. Footage of the ensuing brawl in the Shepherd’s Bush neighborhood of London was caught on security camera, showing Uzoka chased down by Koh and friends. Uzoka was stabbed thrice during the encounter. He died on the street in front of his residence.
Koh later told the judge he brought the knife to defend himself, according to People.
Jonathan Okigbo and Merse Dikanda, the friends of Koh's, were also found guilty for their involvement in the crime. Dikanda, who brought a machete to the fight, was found guilty of murder. Okigbo, who was not armed, was found guilty of manslaughter, according to the BBC.
The trio will return to court for sentencing on Sept. 21.
Uzoka had previously modelled for GQ, Mercedes and Zar, according to The Guardian. Koh had previously modeled for Louis Vuitton.