A successful Nigerian model, Harry Uzoka was murdered by three men following a social media exchange which turned violent in London.
George Koh, 24, a Liberian national, Camden, and Mersa Dikanda, 24, a Congolese national were found guilty on Monday, 13 August of Harry Uzoka’s murder at the Old Bailey.
All three have been remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, 21 September.
According to reports, 25-year-old Harry was fatally injured when a dispute between himself and Koh about a girl escalated to the pair arranging to meet for a fight. Both had enlisted the assistance of others for the confrontation, which resulted in Harry sustaining fatal stab injuries on January 11th 2018.
Harry was a successful young black male model, signed to Premier Model Management agency, who had worked for well-established brands across the world including Mercedes and Levi’s. He was regarded as a growing celebrity in the modelling world and was well-liked and admired by his colleagues having cultivated a reputation as a la!d-back person who was happy to give advice to help other people get ahead in the industry. He was regarded by many as the leading black male model in the UK.
In a statement, Harry’s family said:
“Harry’s death has been a great shock to everyone that knew him and even those that did not. He left a positive and irreplaceable mark on so many. We still find it difficult to believe he is actually gone. It was yet again another senseless killing. Harry was a hard-working, committed and ambitious young man. He was a role model for all, especially young black boys, a high percentage of whom are raised in poverty and need positive influences to encourage them to stay on the right track in life. It is so important for young boys to see people like themselves from similar backgrounds doing well so that they can also have positive dreams and aspirations that they know are achievable. Harry was such a positive, loving and caring influence.”