A TEENAGER on trial for manslaughter is “just your average IT geek”, jurors were told.
Mohammed Kahar, aged 19, of Swarcliffe Road in Darnall, was a front seat passenger in a car which ploughed into a road sign, toppling it over and killing 18-year-old Abdulla Awil Mohammed on Coleridge Road in Darnall in March.
Kahar denies manslaughter - and members of his family and friends took to the stand at Sheffield Crown Court to tell the jury about his good character.
“He’s not a violent person. He was a very calm sort of kid. He’s the geek of the family - always in his room on the computer,” said his sister Fatima Begum, 25.
“I’ve never known him to get involved in any violence. I’d say he’s the peacemaker of the family.” His older brother Mohammed Abdul Aklim, 31, said: “I refer to him as Gadget Boy as he’s into all his technology. I’d say he is the calming influence of the three brothers who are close in age.”
Rob Taylor, manager of Zenos Academy where Kahar undertook five months of IT training, described him as “one of the nicest apprentices.”
“He always had a smile on his face and no-one had a bad word to say about him.”
Technical trainer at the academy Richard Cotton said: “Kahar was one of the best students in my class. He showed great leadership skills, teamwork and community.”
But prosecution solicitor David Myerson QC said of the day Abdulla Mohammed was killed: “This was young men cruising round, looking for trouble, windows down, music blaring, testosterone pumping.”
Kahar claims to have been checking his mobile phone at the time of the crash. Describing himself to the jury as ‘just your average IT geek’, he insisted: “I’m not lying, I’m telling the truth.”
The trial continues.