Witness saw Sheffield gunman fire

Sheffield's Spital Hill closed after a shooting at the weekend               See Story Jeni Harvey  Picture by Chris Lawton'31 Oct  2011
Sheffield's Spital Hill closed after a shooting at the weekend See Story Jeni Harvey Picture by Chris Lawton'31 Oct 2011
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THE friend of a man accused of shooting a teenager in the head at a party in Sheffield told a court he saw him pull out a sawn-off shotgun and fire it over his shoulder.

Abdi Omar, aged 25, is accused of killing Deeq Ali, 18, during a party at Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, on October 29, 2011.

He denies murder but has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Hussain Ugass, giving evidence for the prosecution, told Sheffield Crown Court he knew both men.

He said he was at the party and was standing next to Omar when he pulled the gun from his trousers and fired it over his shoulder, shooting Mr Ali in the head.

Mr Ali, of Catherine Road, Burngreave, was rushed to the Northern General Hospital but died of his injuries.

Mr Ugass said Mr Ali was ushering Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, out of the building because of his behaviour. He said Omar was ‘drunk’, ‘jumping up and down’ and ‘pushing people’.

“Deeq went towards Omar and grabbed him and said, ‘Let’s go, we’re leaving’,” said Mr Ugass. “Everyone was pushing and then a shot went off.”

Asked who had fired it, Mr Ugass replied: “Omar.”

Jurors also heard from Mr Ali’s sister. Adar Ali said her family had moved to Sheffield from Somalia in 1993. She said Omar was known to the Ali family because they were from the same Somalian village.

She said people who came from the same area referred to each other as cousins, but the men were not blood relatives.

The trial continues.