Joseph Olopo stabbing: Knife thug facing jail after killing young man in row over driving licence

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A knife thug who killed a young man when an argument over a driving licence descended into violence is facing jail.

Joseph Olopo, 21, was stabbed to death by Jason De Sousa after a fight erupted near Brent Cross Tube station, north London, in February this year. 

Armed with a knife, De Sousa, also 21, had arranged to meet with Mr Olopo on the night of Friday, February 17 to retrieve his driving licence, the Old Bailey heard.

In the days leading up to the killing, De Sousa had made threats of violence towards Mr Olopo and others who he believed were in possession of his driving licence, the court was told.

A fight broke out shortly before 8pm in Heathfield Close between, De Sousa, Mr Olopo, from Colindale, and two other men, who were all armed with weapons. 

Victim: Joseph Olopo, 21

Mr Olopo was stabbed in the neck by De Sousa and died in hospital later that night. 

The Old Bailey heard that his killer ran from the scene and was arrested five days later in a hotel. 

De Sousa was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. He was found not guilty of murder. 

A CCTV image of the fight near Brent Cross Tube station

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Inspector Shaun Fitzgerald, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who led the investigation, said: “This was a violent attack on a man with his whole life ahead of him.

“The dispute was over documents each person had in their possession and for that small reason, Joseph lost his life. 

“I hope today’s verdict will go some small way to helping Joseph’s family to move on from this tragic incident.”

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