The hunt for the masked gunman who shot dead Jordan Thomas will go on - as a drug dealer who played a key role in the killing was jailed for life.
Police said today their investigation into the Derek Dooley Way killing last December will continue despite the conviction at Sheffield Crown Court of Jama Ahmed, who was jailed for life for his part in the killing on December 21 last year.
He was found guilty by majority verdict from the jury of 11 to one after more than seven hours of deliberation following an eight-week trial.
Ahmed, 26, of Broomhall Place, had gone looking for Thomas at his family home in Burngreave armed with a gun the night before the murder and then arranged the purchase of a vehicle used in the killing the following day.
Judge Mr Justice Green said Ahmed was in the car when one of his associates got out behind the Ford Jordan Thomas was travelling in and ‘with a steady and unrushed pace went round to the passenger side of the Mondeo and coolly discharged three bullets through the window’.
It can now be revealed that four alleged members of the Somali gang behind the killing have left the UK.
Police intelligence has said the four men are currently living in Somaliland after fleeing the country in May 2015.
Outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Etheridge, who led the inquiry, said: “This investigation is not over.
“Clearly other people are responsible for Jordan’s death and it will be the investigation that will eventually bring those to justice.
“We are making all attempts to bring people back into our jurisdiction. The investigation is complex and we are following a number of leads.
“My appeal to the greater Sheffield public is that if you have information about this offence then we want to hear from you.
“If you have any information about who may be additionally responsible and their whereabouts we want to hear from you as well.”
During the trial, the court heard that Ahmed had also gone to Somalia following the killing last Christmas.
Ahmed said that he went to visit a family relative who had a baby and planned to stay for four weeks and denied he had been fleeing prosecution.
He returned early to the UK in February after running out of money and feeling ‘bored’ and was later arrested by police in March.
Ahmed will serve a minimum of 36 years in jail for his part in the murder.
Mr Justice Green told him: “I do not know whether or not you were the actual shooter and I am not sentencing you on the basis that you were.
“But I am quite clear that you were in the car and you were fully intent on participating in this cold-blooded execution.”
Mr Justice Green added: “Most of your associates have now fled the country to evade justice.”
Ahmed showed no emotion during sentencing but turned to the public gallery as he was led from the dock to gesture to his supporters. He shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ and ‘Talk is cheap’ as he was led to the cells.
Ahmed’s co-accused Asif Yousaf was found not guilty of murder, after the jury accepted his story that he had not been driving the car at the time of the murder.
But Yousaf’s father Mohammed Yousaf, 60, of Violet Bank Road, was found guilty of intending to pervert the course of justice after lying to police that his son had been at home with him on the night of the killing.
He was given a two-year suspended sentence.