The father of one of the men accused of murdering Jordan Thomas has said he made a ‘genuine mistake’ when he gave police an incorrect alibi for his son on the night of the killing.
Mohammed Yousaf, who denies attempting to pervert the course of justice, told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court he accepted he had been wrong to tell police that his son Asif Yousaf had been at home with him and his wife on the night of Mr Thomas was shot dead on Derek Dooley Way.
Yousaf Sr. made an initial statement to police on December 28 saying that his son - who is accused of driving the vehicle used in the killing on the night of December 21 - had been at home with his family from 7pm.
But police investigations of telephone records later showed that Yousaf Sr. and his wife had been in Leeds on December 21.
The steelworker and father-of-five said that he had ‘no intention of lying to the police or anybody’ and had accidentally given police details of what the family did the following day, December 22, instead of the night of the murder.
Yousaf Sr. did tell the police about a conversation he had with his son on the morning of December 22, in which he said Asif had told him he was worried a Mitsubishi Shogun he had been asked to buy the night before may have been used in the shooting.
He said Asif had told him he had only heard about the murder when his girlfriend mentioned it being on the news.
Asif Yousaf was arrested at the family home on Violet Bank Road in Nether Edge on Christmas Day in connection with the killing and a police search of the home resulted in a black balaclava and black gloves being found.
Mohammed Yousaf said the items belonged to Asif’s younger brother and ‘had been on the mantelpiece for about two years’.
Yousaf Sr. was arrested by police in February on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and answered mainly ‘no comment’ to the questions he was asked in interview.
He said this was done on the advice of his solicitor.
Cross-examining, prosecutor Bryan Cox QC asked Yousaf Sr. why if there had been a ‘simple mistake’ on the dates of his first statement, he did not tell the police about it after being arrested.
Yousaf Sr. said he thought it was ‘too late’ to alter his statement.
He said: “I didn’t know what I was thinking, I didn’t think to change my statement.
“I wasn’t lying to them - I gave events for Monday instead of Sunday which is a mistake.
“I thought it is too late, it can’t be changed.”
Yousaf denied Mr Cox’s claim that his account was ‘nonsense’.
He said: “I swore on the Koran, I’m telling the truth. I got the day mixed up.”
Asif Yousaf, 33, of Violet Bank Road, and Jama Ahmed, 26, of Broomhall Place, both deny murdering Jordan Thomas and attempting to murder Neshaun Ferguson.
Mohammed Yousaf, 61, and also of Violet Bank Road, denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The trial continues.