Uriah Gardner
Uriah Gardner stabbed Fico Dougan in the heart in an unprovoked attack in Croydon in September 2013Met Police

Psychotic teenager Uriah Gardner violently killed a 17-year-old boy after listening to rap music that made him "want to stab somebody".

Gardner grabbed a large kitchen knife and launched into an unprovoked violent frenzy that killed Fico Dougan in September 2013.

The 16-year-old murderer was sat watching television at a house in Croydon, south London, when Dougan arrived at the home to visit his girlfriend.

Fico Dougan
Fico Dougan was viscously killed in a knife attackMet Police

The trio were watching television together when moments later, Gardner walked into the kitchen, picked up the knife and exploded into a fatal rage, plunging the weapon into a helpless Dougan's heart as his girlfriend tried to defend him.

The Old Bailey heard that before the stabbing Gardner was listening to music on his mobile phone and said: "When I listen to rap music I want to stab somebody."

The savage attack was played out in front of a two-year-old toddler that was also at the home.

Police and paramedics fought to save Dougan but the teenager died from a stab wound to the heart and was pronounced dead at Mayday hospital a short time later.

Gardner, meanwhile, had left the property and returned to his home address in Mitcham, south London, having discarded the murder weapon in a drain close to where the attack took place.

Officers attended Gardner's home address and found him trying to destroy evidence by burning his clothes in the back garden.

A statement by Fico Dougan's mother, Sandra Opoku, on behalf of the family:

"Trying to deal with the shock of losing our wonderful, beautiful son has been heartbreaking and very, very distressful for all of us. We struggled to find the words to express the pain and sorrow.

"We prayed for a new day to dawn on us and to take away the sheer misery we have been made to go through.

"We struggled to find the meaning for the senseless manner for which our Fico was taken away from us.

"The initial shock of it all has now given way to the reality that Fico has been killed by someone he did not offend and had no chance to defend himself. We are living with numbed emotions because we are struggling to be strong for each other and suppress the pain and sense of injustice."

'Budding psychopath'

Jurors at the trial heard there had been no signs of animosity between Gardner and Dougan but a psychiatric examiner described the killer as a "budding psychopath".

Gardner's lawyers argued their client was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the death of his half-brother and that the conviction should have been for manslaughter and not murder.

But jurors dismissed the calls and took two hours to find Gardner, who had committed a string of previous offences including robbery, criminal damage and sexual assault, guilty.

Detective inspector John Finch said: "Fico was a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him. He was from a close family who have understandably been left completely devastated by his death. Gardner's attack on him was unprovoked and he stood no chance of defending himself."

Gardner will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 24 June.