A young killer, caged for the “execution-style” murder of two teenagers on a Milton Keynes estate, has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.
Sharmake Abdulkadir, 23, was jailed for life alongside Fuad Awale, 26, after the pair were convicted of murdering Mohammed Abdi Farah, 19, and Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, who were gunned down in an alleyway on Milton Keynes’ Fishermead Estate in May 2011.
When sentencing the duo at Luton Crown Court in January last year, Mr Justice Nicol said the attack was probably sparked by a petty turf war over cannabis supply.
The judge said Awale had ignored Mr Farah’s pleas for mercy, shooting him through the head. Awale was incensed because Mr Farah had “made disparaging remarks about his height” a few days before the double murder.
And he sentenced the pair on the basis that Awale was in all probability the man who shot both victims. Awale was handed a 38-year minimum term behind bars while Abdulkadir was ordered to serve at least 32 years.
Abdulkadir, of Fleet Street, Springfield, Milton Keynes, today challenged his convictions at London’s Appeal Court with claims that the trial judge’s directions to the jury were unfair.
His legal team argued the trial judge wrongly suggested to the jury that Abdulkadir may have actually pulled the trigger, although it was “never the Crown case that he was the shooter”.
But Lady Justice Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice William Davis and Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said that the judge, in addressing the jury, “did no more than acknowledge the possibility that some person other than Awale may have fired the shots”.
“We are satisfied that Abdulkadir received a fair trial and that his convictions are safe”, she concluded.