Mum issues heartbreaking appeal for information on Sheffield man wanted over murder

The mum of a murder victim has issued a heartbreaking appeal for information on the whereabouts of a Sheffield man wanted over the death.

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 12:14 pm

Shaun Lyall, aged 47, was battered with golf clubs, screwdrivers, a knife, scissors and length of wood in his home in Cleethorpes in July 2018.

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One man has been jailed for murder but 29-year-old Abdi Ali, 29, from Sheffield, has been named as a ‘significant’ suspect wanted by the police for questioning over the killing.

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Detectives believe the motive for the murder was missing drugs and cash that Mr Lyall was supposed to have been looking after.

Craig Whittle 45, of Corporation Road, Grimsby, was jailed for life over the death but jurors in his trial were told that Ali was also involved.

He has been on the run now for two years and a £5,000 Crimestoppers reward for information leading to Ali’s arrest remains unclaimed.

Ali, who is originally from Somalia, moved to Sheffield as a child.

He then moved to the east coast in the summer of 2018 but still has links to Pitsmoor and Shirecliffe in Sheffield.

Ali is also known as Black Johnny, Gulaid and Madman.

In a moving Facebook post about My Lyall’s death, his mum Serena Lyall said: “It’s over two years now since we finally said goodbye to Shaun, also known as Jabba to his friends.

“He had been in Hull since July, his body a part of the murder scene. I wanted to visit him just to say goodbye, to hold his hand but it was not allowed due to his horrific injuries.

“The closest I got was to tell him ‘I love you forever’ through the wooden box. All I could do was hug the coffin.

“Since then one man has been convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.

“Abdi Ali, alias Black Johnny and The Madman, still evades the police.

“I will still keeping sharing his picture for as long as it takes. Please keep sharing with me.

“If you spot him please dial 999 immediately.”