Two men shot in drugs war

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TWO teenagers were shot to death in a Fishermead ‘drug turf war’ after one of them handed out a dealer’s cannabis for free, a court has heard.

The jury was told that Mohammed Abdi Farah, 19, and Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, were murdered in a dispute over drug ‘turf’.

The boys, both of Somali origin, were shot in the head just after 10pm in May last year.

The prosecution at St Albans Crown Court allege one of the killers, Fuad Awale, returned to the alleyway and shot Mr Amin again.

Mr Mohammed was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Amin was taken to hospital and pronounced dead after all attempts to save his life failed.

Three men – also of Somali origin – Yahya Harun, 21, of Fishermead Boulevard, Sharmake Abdulkadir, 21, of The Fleet, Springfield, and Fuad Awale, 24, of no fixed abode face two charges of murder. Mr Abdulkadir is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Ben Gumpert, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution case is that Awale was a drug dealer. Abdulkadir was found to have a significant quantity of drugs in his house when he was arrested. One of the victims had been selling drugs on the day of the shootings.”

He said dispute over ‘drug turf’ seemed the likely motive.

Mr Gumpert revealed Mohammed Farah had been seen handing out cannabis free of charge to people days before the shooting. When asked if he’d had taken it from Mr Awale’s stock he laughed “as if in confirmation.”

The prosecution case is that all three defendants were acting together when the two victims were shot, regardless of who pulled the trigger.

The shots were fired from a Belgian automatic pistol, which, when found nearby, bore traces of DNA which matched Sharmake Abdulkadir.

The month before the shootings Mr Harun and Mr Abdulkadir had been making enquiries to obtain a gun, said Mr Gumpert.

Minutes before the killings the defendants were seen at the entrance to the alley, arguing with the two victims.

They were then seen gathered in a circle fiddling with what could only have been a gun, said Mr Gumpert, who will call two anonymous witnesses claiming to have seen the men acting suspiciously. He said Mr Awale then returned to the alley where there was a third shot.

It is alleged both Mr Harun and Mr Abdulkadir confessed to their mothers they had been present when Mr Awale shot the victims.

> The trial continues.