City trader who claimed to be a self-made millionaire has been jailed after he tried to mow down a man he owed money to.
Elijah Oyefeso, 23, attacked creditor Dennis Ofosu during a row over a debt, outside the Goals soccer centre in Southampton.
Oyefeso, who once boasted that he earned £90,000-a-month, was said to owe Mr. Ofosu cash after borrowing it to buy a Land Rover.
The self-taught trader was heard telling his victim:-
If you were in London, I would kill you,” before ramming his Toyota Prius into the ex-soldier and throwing him onto the bonnet.
Oyefeso, from Camberwell, south London, was jailed for two and a half years after being convicted of dangerous driving and possessing a weapon in a public place, at Southampton Crown Court.
The trader has previously boasted of his luxurious lifestyle on social media, posing alongside a fleet of sports cars in a series of smug snaps.
He flaunted his wealth to his 30,000 Instagram followers, showing off a gold Lamborghini Gallardo, Rolls Royce Wraith and Bentley Continental.
Oyefeso also featured in the Channel 4 TV show ‘Rich Kids Go Shopping’, in which he was filmed as he traded online, making £1,000 in just 15 minutes.
But, Jamie Gammon, defending, said that while his client conveyed a champagne lifestyle online, his finances told a drastically different story.
He told the court: “He makes a number of claims about his wealth, but I have seen no evidence of this.
“Clearly, if he had this money, he could have written a cheque to the victim.
Judge Christopher, Parker QC, condemned Oyefeso’s actions and accused him of lying about his business acumen and wealth.
You portrayed yourself as a very successful trader within the financial market. Clearly, this is not the case.
Richard Martin, prosecuting, said Mr. Ofosu had loaned money to Oyefeso so he could purchase a new 4×4 to add to his fleet of top-of-the-range cars.
But when he asked for his money back, furious Oyefeso got behind the wheel of his car in effort to knock him over.
Mr. Martin said: “Oyefeso’s friends said to him, ”Why don’t you get rid of this waste man?”’ Oyefeso then drove into the victim who ended up on the bonnet of his car.
Mr. Martin said: “The victim grabbed on to the windscreen wipers. Oyefeso said, ”I told you I would kill you’ and his friends told him to stop.
“He put the windscreen wipers on and the victim ended up on the grass.”
Oyefeso, who claimed he started his trading company with a student loan after dropping out of Buckingham University, represented himself at the trial.
Oyefeso also had a string of convictions for motoring offences since 2013, including five counts of driving without insurance, five counts of failing to identify a driver and four for speeding.
Oyefeso was jailed for 12 months for dangerous driving, and 18 months for possessing a weapon in a public place to run consecutively. He was also banned from driving for three years and three months.
In addition to his Instagram account, Oyefeso also has 15,000 followers on Twitter, where his bio describes him as being a ‘Trader by day, film producer and car connoisseur.’
He has reportedly claimed to earn as much as £90,000 a month, even though he says he sometimes only works an hour a day.
This was through a form of stockbroking called binary trading, in which the investor bets on whether the share price of a company will go up or down over a given period, which can be as short as a minute.
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