A MILTON Keynes man has been found guilty of murder - after the stabbing to death of Jefferey Wiafe in Carradine Crescent, Oxley Park.

Tyriq Alowooja, 20, of Vellan Avenue, Fishermead, Milton Keynes was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict following a trial lasting 20 days at Luton Crown Court.

But the trial judge directed the jury to find Brooke Turrell, 20, of Stratford Road, not guilty of murder.

In addition, Turrell was found not guilty by unanimous jury verdict of assisting an offender.

Just after 3.30pm on New Year’s Eve 2019, officers were called to Carradine Crescent, Oxley Park, Milton Keynes following reports that Jefferey Wiafe, 22, had suffered stab wounds in an attack.

He died at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Alowooja and Turrell were both arrested on January 7.

Alowooja was charged with one count of murder on January 10 and Turrell was charged on the same date.

Four other people who had previously been arrested in connection with the incident were subsequently released without charge.

Alowooja and Turrell had both pleaded not guilty to the offences, although both had previously pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Shearwood of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident which has once again brought into stark view the true costs of drugs possession and supply.

“Mr Wiafe was involved in the supply of drugs in Milton Keynes, but this attack was savage and he did not deserve to die in such a violent manner.

“Mr Wiafe had a loving family who cared for him deeply, and they have had to endure many months of anguish while our investigation into his murder was conducted.

“Violence of this kind is completely unacceptable in our communities, and I would like to re-assure the people of Milton Keynes and the wider Thames Valley that we will always look to bring violent offenders such as Alowooja to justice.

Alowooja and Turrell will return to Luton Crown Court for sentencing on date yet to be set.