Three jailed over fatal stabbing at university in row over ‘dirty look’
A teenage father-of-one was killed after trying to defuse an argument.
Three young men have been jailed for killing a student outside his halls of residence in a trivial row over a dirty look.
Djojo Nsaka, 19, and two friends were returning to their digs at Middlesex University in Wembley, north London, when they were attacked in the early hours of the morning.
The father-of-one 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 he was killed because of the “double stupidity” of “making something out of nothing” and carrying knives.
Prosecutor Willam Boyce QC 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 of deliberations, an Old Bailey jury found Donald Davies and Mukeh Kawa, both 21, from Colindale, north London, guilty of murder. The pair were jailed for life with a minimum of 26 years. Their co-accused Ali Tas, 21, also from Colindale, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven and a half years.
The court heard how Mr Nsaka started a course at Middlesex University in September 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.” 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: “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 to them to stop, saying “allow it”, but Kawa continued saying “humble who?” Mr Nsaka threw a traffic cone at the men but was left behind as his friends ran back into the 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 the car. He was pronounced dead just before 2am.
Following the convictions, Mr Nsaka’s family said they struggled to understand how their loved one who was “not a fighter” could have been killed. They said in a statement that he had a “heart of gold and never held any grudges” and was at university because he wanted to “better himself”.