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Man convicted of killing Deliveroo rider in south London knife attack

John Dunne
·2-min read
<p>Jacob Koutouan was convicted of murdering Jaden Christie</p> (Met Police)

Jacob Koutouan was convicted of murdering Jaden Christie

(Met Police)

A man has been convicted of murdering a Deliveroo rider who was fatally stabbed in south London.

Jacob Koutouan, 22, attacked 20-year-old Jaden Christie, stabbing him 12 times near his home in Stockwell Road on September 15 last year.

He was found guilty of murder by a jury at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday with police failing to identify any motive for the killing despite a thorough investigation.

Koutouan was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for sentencing.

Mr Christie’s family said in a statement: “Jaden was an amazing and intelligent soul and had so much life and passion to give. A victim to a senseless killer who viciously ended Jaden’s hopes and dreams in a brutal attack.

“His death has left our family shattered to pieces, distraught, grief-stricken and disheartened over such a malicious act.

“Jaden wasn’t in a gang, in fact he was very anti gangs and feared the associated violence that comes with it.

“Jaden was just starting out in life – he got a new job with Deliveroo only two days before his death and had been accepted onto a construction course on the day he died. Jaden had aspirations to own his own clothing line.

“Jaden loved his family and was the life and soul of every room he entered. Such a positive, vibrant life ended so young without getting to enjoy his future, flourish further and start a family of his own. He’ll be in our hearts eternally but nothing will compare to physically having him alive and here with us.”

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Wood said: “This is a tragic case where another young man has lost his life to knife crime leaving a huge gap in the lives of his friends and family.

“It was very clear that Jaden was subject to a vicious attack where he was chased before being stabbed 12 times. Despite a thorough investigation, we have been unable to establish why this incident took place and why Jacob Koutouan chose to attack Jaden. In the face of all the evidence, Koutouan chose to compound the grief of those close to Jaden with false claims of self-defence at court, an account which was rejected by the jury.

“I would like to highlight the resilience shown by Jaden’s family throughout what must have been an exceptionally difficult court process. I hope the jury’s verdict will bring some comfort to them.”

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