Drug dealer who killed rival when he tried to rob him jailed

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A MAN who fatally stabbed a drug rival following a fight inside his own home has been jailed for life.

Jaydee Dorsett, 20, of Wood Green, north London, was found guilty of murdering Isaiah Ekpaloba, 18, following what police believe was a dispute over drugs on January 9.

He will also serve a minimum of 12 years before he is eligible for parole. He was also sentenced to fours years for attempted wounding with intent (to be served concurrently.)

The court heard how Ekpaloba and friend Lamont Roper, 18, had taken a minicab to Dorsett’s address in Wood Green with the intention of robbing him of drugs.

During the altercation Ekpaloba sustained injuries and he and Roper fled the scene and attempted to flee in the waiting minicab.

Dorsett pursued the pair and caught up with them as the cab attempted to pull out into Wood Green High Road.

CCTV showed Dorsett, armed with at least one knife, open the front passenger door and make stabbing motions towards Roper who was seated there.

Dorsett then attempted to open the back passenger door where Ekpaloba was seated but only managed to open it partially. Again, he made a stabbing motion before the door was closed and the cab managed to pull away into the High Street.

The car took Ekpaloba to North Middlesex Hospital where he died at 4:46pm that day.

A post-mortem examination the following day gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

Police were called to the scene at around 4:15pm and found Dorsett, covered in blood, inside his own flat. He was taken to the Royal London Hospital for treatment to his injuries and subsequently charged with the murder.

Inside the flat, officers recovered a number of knives – one which had the blade snapped off, indicating the ferociousness of the struggle.

Officers arrested Roper, 18, of east London a few days later on January 14 and he was subsequently charged with conspiracy to rob Dorsett. He was tried alongside Dorsett and found guilty.


VICTIM: Isaiah Ekpaloba

Roper was sentenced to seven and a half years for conspiracy to rob and three and a half years for both counts of robbery – both to be served concurrently.

He was also sentenced to three months for not disclosing the PIN on his mobile phone. Roper’s total sentence is 11 years.

Following the sentencing, Ekpaloba’s mother, Grace Aloba, said that while she mourned the loss of her eldest son – who she affectionately called her “baby” – she knew “he wasn’t perfect”.

“I am sorry on his behalf to all of the people that he has hurt in the past. I too have made some wrong choices in my life which meant that I was imprisoned abroad throughout Isaiah’s teenage years. I am not proud of my actions and I know that this separation had a profound effect on Isaiah as we had a very close relationship.”

Ms Aloba then apologised on her son’s behalf for “all of the people that he has hurt in the past”.

“I too have made some wrong choices in my life which meant that I was imprisoned abroad throughout Isaiah’s teenage years. I am not proud of my actions and I know that this separation had a profound effect on Isaiah as we had a very close relationship.”

She said that her Christian faith meant that she “did not hate Mr Dorsett”.

“I am a Christian woman and it says in the bible that we must forgive. I forgive Mr Dorsett for killing my son. All I want is to know the real truth of what happened that day and how my son died.”

And in one final plea, she added: “Isaiah’s death is such a waste. I want this to be an example to young men of the dangers of carrying a knife and to think twice as these incidents don’t just affect one family it affects many families. Life is worth more. I am proud to be Isaiah’s mum.”

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