Jordan Thomas murder trial: Defendant’s ‘one-in-a-billion’ DNA matches to abandoned car

Jordan Thomas, aged 22, died as a result of gunshot injuries
Jordan Thomas, aged 22, died as a result of gunshot injuries
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‘One-in-a-billion’ DNA matches to a defendant accused of being part of the murder of Jordan Thomas were found in an abandoned car used in the shooting, a court heard.

Forensic scientist Michelle Walton told Sheffield Crown Court that swabs taken from the automatic car’s gear selector, rear view mirror and light switch all matched the DNA profile of Asif Yousaf.

22 Dec 2014....Police at the scene  ,on Derek Dooley Way in Sheffield, where two men were shot inside a vehicle at around 10.15pm last night (Sunday). One man has died and the other remains in a stable condition in hospital.Picture Scott Merrylees SM1006/30f

22 Dec 2014....Police at the scene ,on Derek Dooley Way in Sheffield, where two men were shot inside a vehicle at around 10.15pm last night (Sunday). One man has died and the other remains in a stable condition in hospital.Picture Scott Merrylees SM1006/30f

She said a fourth sample from a door release catch also resulted in a lower standard match that indicated a link to Yousaf.

Adrian Waterman QC, representing Yousaf, said his client ‘admits being in the car’.

Yousaf, 33, of Violet Bank Road, Nether Edge, is one of two men on trial for the murder of Mr Thomas, who was shot twice in the chest as a car he was in stopped at traffic lights on Derek Dooley Way on December 21 last year.

DNA samples were taken from a Mitsubishi Shogun which was purchased around two hours before the attack and then abandoned around five minutes later.

The prosecution say the Mitsubishi had been following the Ford Mondeo Mr Thomas was in and when the vehicle in front stopped, a masked man got out of the Shogun and fired three shots through the passenger side window of the Ford.

Mr Waterman said that on each of the four samples relating to Yousaf, DNA from other people was also found.

He asked Ms Walton if people wearing gloves would be less likely to leave DNA traces.

Ms Walton said this would ‘reduce the opportunity’ for DNA to be transferred but added it would still be possible if someone touched their face while wearing gloves and then made contact with other objects.

She said she had examined 73 samples taken from the vehicle but many could not be interpreted and others related to people who had previously driven the vehicle before it was sold.

Yousaf and Jama Ahmed, 26, of Broomhall Place, both deny murdering Jordan Thomas and attempting to murder Neshaun Ferguson, who was also injured in the shooting.

The prosecution case is that they cannot prove the identity of the shooter but can link Ahmed to the purchase of the car and say Yousaf was the driver.

Yousaf’s parents, Mohammed Yousaf, 61, and Tazeem Bi, 57, also both of Violet Bank Road, both deny attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The trial continues.