Fulham Man Becomes Third Convicted of Killing Kai Davis

Oliver Barker-Perez had fled to Spain after fatal stabbing

Oliver Barker-Perez. Picture: Met Police

August 14, 2023

A 24-year-old man from Fulham has become the third person to be convicted of the killing of a man in Kingston.

Oliver Barker-Perez of Vera Road fled the country after Kai Davies was stabbed in the early hours of 21 August 2021.

A trial at Kingston Crown Court heard that he had provided his top to Ben Myles, of North End Road, who inflicted the fatal wound, in an attempt to help him conceal his identity.

Minutes before the stabbing Barker-Perez had also accompanied Myles to an alleyway to collect knives, stashed there before they visited the Pryzm night club, that were used in the attack on 22-year-old Kai.

After being stabbed in the chest, Kai attempted to get away from his attackers but collapsed in the street. An air ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital but he died from the injury.

Myles and Barker remained in the area to dispose of the hoodies and the knife. Myles put the murder weapon down a drain, but police officers managed to recover it using a magnet after he was spotted depositing it there on CCTV.

An extradition warrant was put out for Barker-Perez’s arrest and he was detained by Spanish authorities. He was charged with murder after he was extradited back to the UK on 11 November last year.

The case against Barker-Perez, Myles and Joseph Barker was pieced together by homicide detectives from the Met's specialist crime unit.

The prosecution had argued that his presence with Myles, before and during the fatal confrontation, Barker-Perez encouraged him in his actions and, at the very least, he intended that Myles would cause Kai Davis serious harm.

The victim Kai Davis. Picture: Met Police
The victim Kai Davis. Picture: Met Police

The jury were shown the evidence of the group's movements before the killing with the result that Myles was convicted of murder and Barker-Perez and Barker were found guilty of manslaughter. Myles was sentenced for murder at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, 19 October 2022 to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 26 years. Barker from Clifton Gardens, Uxbridge was jailed for 11 years at the same hearing.

The motive for the attack remains unclear.

Detective Inspector Mike Nolan, the lead investigator, said, "Although, Oliver Barker-Perez did not inflict the fatal blow, he was well aware that his friend intended to cause serious harm to Kai Davis.

"This investigation has taken two years and I am glad that all the people involved in this fatal attack have now been brought to justice.

"The murder of Kai Davis is another example of the mindless act of knife crime in London, that leaves a trail of devastation for the victim's family and friends."

Barker-Perez will be sentenced on Monday, 2 October.


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