Fishermead shooting victim begged for his life

Tributes left at the scene of the shootings
Tributes left at the scene of the shootings

A TEENAGER begged for his life before being shot dead in an alleyway, a jury has heard.

Mohammed Abdi Farah, 19, had just seen his friend Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, shot dead in the alleyway in Fishermead in a dispute over “drugs turf.” The man alleged to have pulled the trigger, 25-year-old Fuad Awale is then said to have told Mohammed to get on his knees.

Luton Crown Court heard on Tuesday how another young man present said he thought it was a joke when the first victim fell to the ground and that the gun was a fake.

Yahya Harun, 22, said when he realised Mr Amin had been shot, he turned to Mr Awale and said: “Brother, are you crazy? Why are you doing this?”

He went on, “Mo begged Awale for his life. Then Fuad Awale said, ‘Get on your knees’. Mo refused. Then there was a second shot. There was a bang and a flash of light.”

Mr Harun said he then ran to his home in Fishermead Boulevard, but as he was about to go in Mr Awale grabbed him and said: “I know you are weak. If you talk you will end up dead like these guys.”

Mr Harun is on trial alongside Mr Awale, of no fixed address, and Sharmake Abdulkadir, 22, of The Fleet, Springfield. All three plead not guilty to two charges of murder carried out with two other people unknown just after 10pm on May 26 last year. Mr Abdulkadir also denies possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.

The victims were shot in the head after a confrontation with five others, say the prosecution. It’s claimed they were killed in a dispute over “drug turf” after Mr Farah had handed out Mr Awale’s cannabis for free.

In the witness box Mr Harun said he regularly smoked ‘weed’ and knew Mr Farah. He told the jury he regularly used the alleyway to smoke weed in and said: “We smoked weed together, he was a chilled guy.”

That evening he said he stepped out of his home around 10pm to smoke a spliff. However, he said because of the number of young men standing in the alleyway, including the two victims and Mr Awale and Mr Abdulkadir, he and a friend walked past the entrance.

He said as they did so the group appeared to be making jokes. But Mr Harun said he could also hear Mo Farah being asked by Mr Abdulkadir for a spliff and replying that it would have to be purchased.

“Mo said I cannot give it to you, you have to buy it. I need some money,” said Mr Harun.

Mr Harun said that moments later an argument broke, resulting in the two victims being shot.

> Case continues.