ODD NEWS: Nigerian Stabbed To Death In UK For Wearing Fake Watch
A Nigerian-born music manager has been stabbed to death in UK over wearing fake watch to celebrate his birthday
A Nigerian-born music manager was stabbed to death after receiving a “luxury watch” worth up to £300,000 for his birthday.
Emmanuel Odunlami, 32, was accosted by three thieves after leaving the Haz restaurant near St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London, where he had a birthday celebration on May 1, 2022.
A security operator, Kavindu Hettiarachchi, reportedly alerted the assailants that Odunlami was wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus watch valued between £90,000 and £300,000 if genuine.
The prosecutor, Duncan Atkinson KC, stated at the court hearing that the watch “may not have been genuine.”
He went on to say that the criminals, on the other hand, treated the item as if it were real.
“Unfortunately, as it turned out, he favored costly brand watches.
“He was wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus watch at the moment of his deadly attack,” the prosecutor added.
“If authentic, such a watch may be worth anything in a range from £90,000 to £300,000.
“It is thought that the deceased’s watch was not real, but was considered as such by those who attempted to steal it.”
Hettiarachchi, according to Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson KC, was an important element of the security team recruited by the event’s organizer, Playhxuse, for the VIP ticketed brunch and afterparty with DJ.
“It was part of his job to ensure the safety of individuals attending the event, such as Odunlami.
In reality, he accomplished the inverse.”
On the day of his death, the deceased, known to friends as Jay, had gone to the city in his grey hatchback Mercedes to celebrate his birthday with pals, having ordered seats for a £1,400 table.
According to Dailymail, when the night came to a close about 11 p.m., Hettiarachchi was captured on video recording outside the venue and phoning Louis Vandrose.
Vandrose and Jordell Menzies were then driven by Quincy Ffrench in a white Mercedes with changed number plates from north west London, according to the court.
“The evidence establishes that Vandrose, Menzies, and Ffrench were going off in a car with a disguised registration in order to carry out a robbery, and their goal was at the Haz restaurant where Hettiarachchi was working, and to which he had summoned them by phone,” the Prosecutor added.
According to reports, the security guard recorded the victim and his “high-value” watch before appearing to input something into his phone.
“The prosecution theory is that he was informing those other defendants about Mr Odunlami and his watch in order for them to steal him of that seemingly extremely expensive thing,” Atkinson explained.