Reason? “Breaking Muslim rules by drinking alcohol.” Couldn’t they have simply taken him to one of the UK’s sharia courts?
“Somali youth was killed ‘in row over alcohol and Islam,'” by Angela Balakrishnan for the Guardian, October 28:
A gang of five men beat a Somali teenager to death because of a row over Muslims drinking alcohol, a court heard today.
Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim, 17, was repeatedly hit across the head with a samurai sword, baseball bat, machete and metal pole after being chased in Sefton Park, Liverpool, in March this year.
The teenager became embroiled in the fight after accompanying his cousin, Ahmed Mahamoud Ahmed, 16, to a “straightener” — a one-on-one fight — with the alleged killer Ali Mohammed, 19.
Liverpool crown court heard how Mohammed is believed to have accused Ahmed of breaking Muslim rules by drinking alcohol and held him down while a friend hit his head with a bat.
The 16-year-old boy was chased home where his mother’s car windows were smashed, said Tim Holroyde QC, prosecuting.
The next day, Ahmed was lured to the fight – where Mohammed, his two brothers Khadar, 23, Essa, 22, and two cousins lay in wait, it was claimed.
During this attack, part-time student Ibrahim of Ritson Street, Toxeth, was killed and another cousin Abdhullah Mohammed Ahmed, 17, was severely injured and lost a finger.
“One of the defendants was heard to shout ‘He’s still alive’,” Holroyde said.
“All five defendants then joined in a continued attack with weapons on the deceased as he lay, obviously helpless, on the ground.
“The deceased was left lying in the road with obvious and severe injuries to his head which were bleeding profusely.
“A passing motorist stopped to assist, an ambulance was called and the deceased was taken to hospital, but nothing could be done to save his life and he died about two hours later, at 1.20am.”
A pathologist confirmed that there was “extensive fracturing of the skull”¦ and other damage to the brain within the skull”.
The three brothers from Toxteth deny murder. As do their cousins Ibrahim Ahmed, 23, of, Toxteth and Ahmed Kayse Ahmed, 30, of Greenwich, London.
The three brothers deny wounding with intent – relating to the attack on Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed. All five also deny violent disorder the night before the murder.
The murder weapons were found hours after the killing in a bin bag outside a house Khadar Mohammed used, the seven men and five women of the jury heard.
The metal pipe was stained with the dead boy’s blood and hair, said Holroyde, and his blood was on the sword handle and baseball bat.
The prosecutor told the jury that when the defendants were arrested, the victim’s blood was found on clothing belonging to the three brothers and Ahmed Kayse Ahmed.
The trial is scheduled to last six weeks.