Case dropped against mother of Derek Dooley Way murder defendant

Jordan Thomas, aged 22, who was killed in a shooting incident in Sheffield in December
Jordan Thomas, aged 22, who was killed in a shooting incident in Sheffield in December
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The mother of a man accused of murdering Jordan Thomas has been cleared of providing her son with a false alibi on the night of the killing.

Tazeem Bi, 57, of Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge, had gone on trial accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the death of Mr Thomas, who was shot dead as he sat in a car on Derek Dooley Way on December 21 last year.

Jordan, 22, was shot twice in the chest by a masked gunman and pronounced dead at hospital an hour later.

When the prosecution opened their case against her earlier this month at Sheffield Crown Court, Bryan Cox QC said she had given a false statement to police that her son Asif Yousaf - who is charged with murder - had been at home with her on the night of the killing.

But the prosecution has now decided to offer no further evidence against her, following legal arguments on Tuesday relating to a piece of evidence connected to Ms Bi’s case that took place without the jury present.

On the directions of the judge Mr Justice Green, the jury gave a formal not guilty verdict against her and she will take no further part in the trial.

Mr Cox said: “Following on from legal discussion in relation to Tazeem Bi, the Crown do not intend to adduce any further evidence against her.”

Mr Justice Green told the jury: “As you are aware there was an issue about the admissibility of certain evidence against her which I ruled upon.

“In the light of that, they are not going to offer any evidence against her.”

An interpreter sitting in the dock alongside Ms Bi explained the ruling of the court to her and she showed little reaction as her not guilty verdict was read out.

The case against the three other defendants in the same trial is to continue in front of the jury on Thursday.

Asif Yousaf, 33, of Violet Bank Road, and Jama Ahmed, 26, of Broomhall Place, both deny murdering Jordan Thomas and attempting to murder Neshaun Ferguson, who was also injured in the incident.

It is the prosecution case that they cannot prove the identity of the shooter.

But the prosecution say they can link Ahmed to the purchase of a Mitsubishi Shogun used in the killing and that Yousaf was the driver of the vehicle.

Yousaf’s father, Mohammed Yousaf, 61, and also of Violet Bank Road, denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The trial continues.