A killer arrested while fleeing Northern Ireland faces a life sentence after being convicted of murder.
Luwatomiwa “Tomi” Olatuyi was arrested in Co Down earlier this year.
He was convicted of the murder of Joseph Tayaye in Milton Keynes in a fatal stabbing.
On Tuesday, a jury at Luton Crown Court found Olatuyi, 21, of Stanton Avenue, Milton Keynes, unanimously guilty of murder, racketeering, possession of a bladed object in a public place and tampering with the law in one count.
The jury also found Olatuyi guilty on one count of a brawl.
At the end of the trial, Olatuyi pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed object. These two offenses were linked to another incident in Milton Keynes on March 26, which resulted in an altercation between Joseph Tayaye and Olatuyi.
Olatuyi is due to be sentenced on November 25.
The court had heard police receive reports of a stabbing outside a property in The Hide, Netherfield, around 11.35pm on March 28 this year.
Officers visited the scene and found that Mr Tayaye, 21, from Milton Keynes, had suffered multiple stab wounds.
Emergency services treated him at the scene before taking him to Milton Keynes University Hospital, but he sadly died the following morning.
PSNI officers arrested Olatuyi on April 1 on the A1 near Loughbrickland, Co Down. He was charged on April 4.
Lead Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Will Crowther, of Thames Valley Police’s Serious Crime Unit, said: “The jury has concluded that Oluwatomiwa Olatuyi tragically murdered Joseph Tayaye by assaulting him on the night of March 28 attacked outside his home in The Hide, Netherfield earlier this year.
“Joseph suffered a fatal stab wound to the chest and tragically died the next morning.
“Olatuyi fled to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland but thanks to the support of our colleagues at the Police Service of Northern Ireland he was arrested and is now on trial.
“I hope that Olatuyi’s conviction will help Joseph’s family in some way and our thoughts are still with them.
“There was no excuse for Olatuyi to carry a knife in Milton Keynes or anywhere else in the Thames Valley.
“Olatuyi’s decision to carry a knife and then use it to stab Joseph was tragic. Olatuyi’s refusal to accept responsibility for his actions has left Joseph’s family with the added trauma of a court case. Olatuyi will be sentenced next month and must finally take responsibility for his appalling crimes.
“In July, Thames Valley Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner launched Operation Deter, a harsh new approach to combating knife crime in Milton Keynes following incidents such as the murder of Joseph.
“The force will not tolerate the possession or use of weapons and our message is clear: you will be stopped, arrested, charged and prosecuted.
“We are fully committed to making our communities safer by removing knives from our streets.”
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