Guilty: Trio convicted of murder for brutal drive-by shooting in Ilford following chicken shop fight
PUBLISHED: 15:15 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 17 October 2017
Three men have been found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old in Ilford in March following a knife fight in a chicken shop.
Abdi Sheikhey was gunned down in cold blood, while sitting in a hired black Mercedes E250, in Woodlands Road, just after 10pm on March 21.
Today Sami Omar, 21, and Suleman Mohamed, 20, both of Kingston Road, Ilford, as well as Jordi Kibusi, 20, of Wisteria Close, Ilford, were all convicted of murder at the Old Bailey
The three men initially denied the offences but were found guilty by the jury on the sixth day of deliberation.
Prosecution lawyer Anthony Orchard QC told the court that all four men were drug dealers who operated around the borough.
The night before his death, Abdi was seen threatening Omar with a knife in Chester Chicken Shop, Ilford Lane.
On CCTV, Abdi was captured swinging his knife at Omar whilst a third friend of Abdi’s stands in the doorway brandishing a brick.
Chairs were thrown by both groups before Abdi and the two men with him left the shop.
Following the dispute, Omar, Mohamed and Kibusi set out the following night in a hired white BMW X4 to seek revenge.
Along Woodlands Road, the BMW, which had been hired by Kibusi, pulled up alongside Abdi while he was sat in the passenger seat of the stationary Mercedes.
One of the three men then went up to the side window, with his face covered, and fired seven shots using a gun, which appeared to be a self-loading pistol.
At the post mortem, an X-ray indicated that Abdi had been blasted five times and two bullets had remained in his body.
The other two men in the car with Abdi, Arif Miah, who had hired the car and Guhel Khan, who was sitting in the rear passenger seat, escaped without injury.
Technology, including the defendant’s phones, CCTV and a tracker on the BMW, placed the three defendants using the BMW at the time of the shooting.
Det Cons Insp Chris Jones said: “This senseless murder – believed to have been committed in retaliation for a clash between the victim and one of the suspects – has devastated Abdifatah’s family.
“These three suspects went out with the sole intention of tracking down Abdifatah and causing him serious harm.
“With a firearm in their possession, this tragic outcome was inevitable. They now face a significant period in jail, and I hope the verdict will allow Abdifatah’s family to come to terms with his death.”
All three will be sentenced at the Old Bailey at a later date.
More to follow.