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Man convicted of murder following fatal stabbing of tourist

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 12:41 GMT

[Guilty: Nicholas Foy]

A man has been convicted of murder following a fatal stabbing in south London.

Nicholas Foy, 39, (3.01.79) of Greenvale Road, SE9 was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, February 12, following the death of 49-year-old Laurent Volpe.

Detective Chief Inspector John Marriott, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was holidaying in London.

"Although Foy admitted having been on a drug binge in the hours leading up to the murder, this in no way excuses his actions that evening.”

Officers were called at approximately 18:55hrs on 11 August 2017 to reports of a man stabbed on Well Hall Parade in Eltham.

The London Ambulance Service attended and found Mr Volpe - a French national who was visiting London on holiday - suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to Kings College Hospital in a critical condition.

He died from his injuries on the evening of 14 August 2017.

A post-mortem examination the following day at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen.

Foy was arrested shortly after the stabbing having threatened three people with a large knife. During his arrest, he assaulted a police officer and had to be tasered.

As he was being taken to hospital by the LAS, for treatment to self-inflicted wounds to his foot, he assaulted another officer. He informed officers that he had taken cocaine and alcohol prior to the murder.

Foy was subsequently discharged into police custody on 14 August 2017. He was charged the following day.

Foy will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, 16 February.