Man jailed for life for murder with road rage of London Deliveroo rider | UK News
A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a Deliveroo moped driver in a road rage attack captured on CCTV.
Nathan Smith, 28, swung with a knife and stabbed part-time delivery man Takieddine Boudhane, 30, on the evening of January 3, 2020 after an incident in Finsbury Park, north London.
He fled the day after the murder, leaving Boudhane’s family to endure 17 months of ‘torment’ as he refused to accept responsibility before being forced to face a jury trial, the Old Bailey has heard .
Boudhane’s father, Said, died before trial and did not live to see Smith jailed for life on Thursday. Smith was told he must serve at least 21 years in prison.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC, who handed down the sentence, said Smith, a plumber from Archway, north London, had been “aggressive throughout” the attack and punched his victim at least five times. It happened in front of members of the public, including a witness who was “clearly alarmed” by what she saw.
Smith was not working as a plumber the night of the attack and had no legal or legitimate reason to carry a knife. The judge said Smith had taken “positive steps” to eliminate evidence to try to conceal his involvement before fleeing and fleeing overseas.
Boudhane’s mother Saide said the family’s lives had been “changed forever” as Smith acted out of “pure anger” in response to a “minor traffic offence”.
The plan for the future was for her son to return to live with her in Algeria, but that will not happen, and “he was not there to comfort me when his father died”, she said in his victim impact statement.
“When the defendant acted in pure anger that night, he not only killed my son, he killed my entire family. I hope no family has to go through that again. My son, my brother, uncle and nephew Taki have been taken from us and our lives will never be the same.
She added: “While my son was still lying in the street, this man had already started planning his escape from the country. He did not accept responsibility for taking Taki’s life and as a result my family had to endure another 17 months of questioning how he was taken from us.
Smith was in a white VW Caddy van when Boudhane made a right turn before the fatal confrontation. Boudhane, a chief, had become angry at the maneuver and words had been exchanged, the prosecutor, Julian Evans QC, had told the jurors.
The situation escalated when Smith got out of his van in Charteris Road with a knife in his hand. Smith went “on the attack” and Boudhane used his hard hat to fend him off. But even when the incident appeared to be over, Smith was “just not ready to let it rest there,” Evans said.
Describing CCTV footage of the incident, the prosecutor said: “As Smith ran towards him, Takieddine swung his hard hat towards Smith. This action, again the prosecution, was defensive.
“As Smith walked down the sidewalk, he ducked under the swinging hard hat and swung his knife twice, in quick succession, at Takieddine’s upper body. According to the prosecution, one of these two quick stabs, each delivered with force, penetrated Takieddine’s chest.”
Despite sustaining a 7.5cm injury, Boudhane ran after Smith and hit the side of the van with his hard hat as he drove off, the court heard. Boudhane then collapsed to the ground. Despite the efforts of the doctors on site, he died.
The jurors were told that Smith had gone home and hadn’t told his family about what had happened. The next day he flew from Luton Airport to Austria using his brother’s passport and bank card.
When police searched for him at his parents’ address, the defendant’s father showed them a video purporting to be from his son showing lakes and mountains. Police later recovered Smith’s van and found bloodstains matching the victim’s DNA.
In February 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Smith. On June 3, 2021, he returned to the UK from Lisbon, accompanied by British officers.
During his trial, Smith claimed he acted “defensively” after the victim produced a screwdriver. He told jurors: “He swung for me, I backed off. I wasn’t mad. I was scared at the time.”
The court heard that Smith, who has since expressed remorse for the murder, had previous convictions for possession of a prohibited weapon, offenses of supplying Class A drugs, possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.
After sentencing, DCI Neil John, who described the murder as a ‘senseless murder’, said: ‘Smith is clearly an extremely dangerous individual and we are pleased that he is now off our streets, unable to cause further cause. wrong.”