A YOUNG man accused of murdering his cousin by shooting him at a party told a jury he ‘couldn’t believe it’ when he found out the teenager was dead, adding: “It’s like I’m living in a nightmare.”
Abdi Omar, aged 25, is accused of killing 18-year-old Deeq Ali during a birthday celebration at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, Sheffield.
He allegedly fired a gun into a group of revellers ushering him out of the venue, hitting Mr Ali.
But Omar told Sheffield Crown Court he meant to shoot into the Plaza’s ceiling to ‘scare’ the partygoers.
He said he was carrying the firearm as a favour for a local drug dealer.
Omar said he met the dealer behind Burngreave Library and was offered £50 to look after the shotgun and ammunition for the night.
“Fifty quid was a lot of money, I didn’t ask any questions about it,” he said.
“I put the shells in my pocket and the gun down the front of my trousers.”
He admitted ‘messing about’ with the gun and firing a shot into the air before going to the party, which was held by Rosalin Roberts to celebrate her 24th birthday last October.
“It was alright, people were dancing, it was happy,” Omar said.
“As the evening got on there started to be more tension. Fights were kicking off every five or 10 minutes.
“Deeq came up to me and said ‘Come on, let’s call it a night’, and I started walking out.
“Deeq was directly behind me, he had his hand on my shoulder.”
Omar said he decided to fire a shot into the ceiling as he reached the door.
“I have no idea why I did it, it was just to scare everybody,” he told jurors. “It was a drunken thought.”
Omar said he was unaware Mr Ali had been killed until he was interviewed by police.
“I felt shattered. I couldn’t believe it at first. There’s not a day that I don’t think about it. It’s like I’m living in a nightmare.”
He said he felt ‘ashamed’, adding: “Sometimes I wish it was me that got shot instead of Deeq.”
But Paul Watson QC, prosecuting, said: “You were quite happy to be showing off that you had this gun.”
Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, denies murder and threatening a 16-year-old boy with the gun.
The trial continues.