Three men have been jailed for killing a drill rap supervisor who was stabbed throughout a promotional music video shoot following a web-based “war of words”.
During the onslaught, he grabbed the blade then left a path of blood as he ran 150 yards to a resort lobby the place he collapsed.
Mr Akinleye bled out from a severed femoral artery in his leg and was pronounced lifeless on the resort ground simply earlier than midnight.
Abdouli Ceesay, 29, and Tashan Brewster, 32, had been sentenced on the Old Bailey on Monday to life imprisonment with a minimal time period of 21 years.
It got here after each had been discovered responsible of Mr Akinleye’s homicide in March.
Oliver Petts, 30, who had pleaded responsible to manslaughter throughout the trial, was sentenced to 5 years’ in jail.
During the proceedings, the court docket heard how Mr Akinleye, a sports activities administration graduate from Lewisham, had by his girlfriend grow to be concerned with a gaggle of drill artists from Birmingham referred to as 23 Drillaz.
He later turned the supervisor for one of the rappers, who was concerned in the video shoot.
After the sentencing, Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, mentioned: “Today’s sentencing is the fruits of our investigation into the useless dying of one other younger man.
“Our ideas stay with Bright’s household as they proceed to wrestle to come back to phrases with him being snatched from them.
“This deadly stabbing stemmed from a number of individuals being concerned in taunting on social media. I nonetheless can not comprehend the way it ended in such a violent homicide.”
As detectives investigated occasions on the night time of the stabbing, they discovered that Mr Akinleye had beforehand been concerned in a feud with a number of others that included each events posting messages on social media.
These featured incidents the place individuals had been assaulted or taunted.
At round 10.40pm on February 18 final 12 months in a flat in Euston, Mr Akinleye was attacked by a gaggle of men – one of whom had a big knife.
Despite affected by a quantity of stab accidents, he was in a position to wrestle the knife away earlier than operating to the close by resort.
This knife was discovered subsequent to him, and was later confirmed as having inflicted the deadly accidents.
Brewster’s DNA was later discovered on its deal with and extra DNA proof linked him to a pair of trainers that had been stained with Mr Akinleye’s blood.
The individuals who had been in the flat had been shortly recognized by detectives.
A fourth defendant, Silas Loko, 27, was discovered not responsible of homicide in March.