Sheffield party gunman ‘held weapon to teen’s head’

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A TEENAGER has recalled the moment a man accused of murdering his own cousin held a gun to his forehead, hours before the killing.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told Sheffield Crown Court Abdi Omar held a gun to his head and told him: “I will take your life - I will take your heart.”

The incident allegedly happened outside Burngreave Library, shortly before Omar, aged 25, fired into a crowd of people during a party at Spital Hill Plaza - killing his cousin Deeq Ali.

Omar denies murdering Deeq, aged 18, and threatening the 16-year-old with the gun.

In a video played to the jury, the teen said he had gone to a restaurant on Spital Hill and was on his way back when he saw Omar outside the library. The teenager said Omar called him over, pulled out the gun and shot it over his head.

He said: “I saw the fire from the gun, the bullet passed beside me.”

The teen also described Omar calling him over. He said: “Omar began to swear and said ‘I will take your life, I will take your heart’.

“I was shaking. He took the gun and put it on my forehead. I pushed it away from my face.”

The youth said Omar was ‘proper drunk’ and held the weapon about 5cm away from his forehead.

“I was scared, I thought I might get killed,” he said.

“I thought ‘I might die over this’.”

He said the gun went off as he pushed it away, and the bullet hit the floor.

The teenager said Omar had hidden the weapon under his jacket.

Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, fired a gun into revellers ushering him out of the Plaza last October, and the bullet hit Deeq.

He admits pulling the trigger, but says he did not intend to hurt anyone.

Deeq, of Catherine Road, Burngreave, suffered massive injuries to his head and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Omar was arrested on Andover Street, near the party venue. Jurors heard he was three times the drink-drive limit.

The trial continues.