A 24-year-old Nigerian man, Samuel Odupitan, who stabbed a hotel concierge worker to death so he could steal his second-hand Gucci bag, has been convicted of murder.
According to Reports, Odupitan stabbed his 24-year-old victim, Tyler Roye, six times as he was making his way home after work in south London in February.
The defendant, from Croydon, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court. He had also previously pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery over the attack which took place shortly after midnight on February 26.
Roye, who worked at Holiday Inn in Stratford, was confronted by Odupitan who demanded his possessions in Woodside, the court heard.
After a struggle, the defendant fled with the second-hand Bengal tiger print bag while Roye managed to make it to a friend’s house before collapsing inside. He was taken to hospital but died just before 03:00 GMT.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Odupitan had first been spotted on CCTV, while analysis of his phone found numerous images of knives as well as a video of him driving around in a car armed with a blade.
Odupitan will be sentenced on December 7, 2020.