Nicholas Foy: Man who stabbed French tourist in cocaine-fuelled attack guilty of murder

Foy was wearing only a pair of pink shorts and had taken cocaine and alcohol

Nicholas Foy murdered Laurent Volpe last August

Monday, February 12, 2018

A man who fatally stabbed a tourist in south London while high on drugs last summer has been convicted of murder.

Nicholas Foy, 39 and from Eltham, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, February 12, following the death of 49-year-old French national Laurent Volpe.

Foy stabbed Volpe, who had just been touring London Bridge and Greenwich with his partner and two children, with a kitchen knife in the early evening of August 11. The attack took place on Well Hall Parade, near a public park.

Foy was wearing only a pair of pink shorts at the time of the attack. When he was arrested, he assaulted a police officer and had to be tasered, and he later attacked another officer as he was being taken for treatment on a self-inflicted foot wound.

Explaining his actions, Foy informed officers that he had taken cocaine and alcohol prior to the murder.

Volpe was taken to Kings College Hospital for emergency treatment, but died of his injuries three days later. A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen.

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.”

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