A Louis Vuitton model accused of trying to copy the look of a top industry rival — and then fatally stabbing the man through the heart — was convicted of the murder Monday.
British catwalker George Koh, 24, had become increasingly obsessed with more successful English model Harry Uzoka, 25, in the months leading up to the pair’s violent showdown in January, prosecutors said.
The two men began verbally duking it out on social media, with Uzoka calling Koh a “fake” and warning him to stop being a copycat and trying to cozy up to his friends, Britain’s Mirror said.
“Leave my name out of your mouth, it’s that simple. I’ve never spoken bad of you in any way, so this is wild,’’ Uzoka seethed in a direct message to Koh.
But the tipping point finally came when “the less successful copycat’’ Koh began claiming that he’d slept with Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell, prosecutors said, according to the BBC.
Uzoka — who was referred to at Koh’s trial in Britain as “the country’s most famous black model,’’ working for such brands as Mercedes and Zara — agreed to meet Koh outside Uzoka’s London home Jan. 11, the Mirror said.
Both men brought backup in the form of beefy sidekicks — and weapons. Uzoka carried a dumbbell, while Koh had a knife in each hand.
The scuffle — some of which was caught on video — ended with Koh stabbing his rival through the heart, prosecutors said, although the slay suspect claimed that Uzoka punched him and then toppled on him, stabbing himself, the Guardian reported.
Uzoka died on the sidewalk in front of his house.
The killer “plainly had an obsession with Harry Uzoka,’’ prosecutor Richard Horwell told jurors in his closing statement, according to the Mirror.
“He even suggested to one witness that they were on a similar level in the modeling world. And that was not true. Whatever was going in Koh’s mind … was festering into an unhealthy and toxic mix.’’
Koh faces life behind bars when sentenced Sept. 21, the Mirror said.
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