Emotions ran high in court today, as the boyfriend of a teenager who died after being stabbed in the chest after falling on to a knife inside her handbag was jailed for her manslaughter in London.
Oluwaseyi Dada, 21, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 17-year-old Katrina Makunova, was sentenced to two years and three months in what Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith described as an “extraordinary case”.
The judge told Dada, who stood quietly in the dock at London’s Southwark Crown Court:
“She died from a single knife wound.
The kitchen knife that caused her death was hers and had, it seems, been brought to the scene by her in a handbag you had given her.
It appears that somehow in the struggle between you and her, the blade of the knife was pushed through the bag from the inside and tragically pierced her chest and heart.
There is no evidence that you ever touched it before she received her fatal injury.”
On hearing the sentence, and that Dada will serve half of it before being released on licence, one of Miss Makunova’ s relatives shouted:
“Are you serious?
“It’s a f****** joke. She was 17 years (old). One year for my sister. It’s a f****** joke.” Other family members broke down in tears.
They all left court followed by police liaison officers, and further shouting could be heard from outside the courtroom. Miss Makunova died during a row with Dada.
The judge said Dada had helped to build up “the tension” ahead of the confrontation between them, which “was expected to be so serious” that Miss Makunova arrived with a knife in her handbag.
The incident happened in Camberwell, south London, on July 12, 2018, at the block of flats where Dada lived, after the pair exchanged heated and threatening texts.