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Accidental' gunman acquitted of murder

PUBLISHED: 11:33 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:06 25 August 2010

SHOT IN THE STOMACH: Abdala Jama, 20.

SHOT IN THE STOMACH: Abdala Jama, 20.

A GUNMAN accused of shooting a student dead was acquitted after claiming the pistol went off 'by accident'.

A GUNMAN accused of shooting a student dead was acquitted after claiming the pistol went off 'by accident'.

Abdala Jama, 20, was shot in the stomach during a stand-off between two groups of youths in Barnfield Road, Woolwich, the Old Bailey heard last Thursday.

Musa Ibrahim, 25, of Fisherman's Walk, Thamesmead, admitted holding the gun on July 14 last year, but claimed he fired it by mistake.

His friend Ali Gulaid, 22, of St Margaret's Terrace, Woolwich, was said to have passed Ibrahim the gun but was also cleared after insisting he did not touch the weapon.

Ibrahim claimed he found the gun lying on the ground and picked it up fearing he might be attacked, but did not deliberately fire it.

Gulaid also admitted being present, but said he was being attacked by the Jama brothers and their friends and did not see the shooting.

He said: "I had nothing to do with that.

"I didn't have any idea someone had been killed during the incident."

Prosecutors claimed the shooting was the culmination of a simmering feud between the defendants and the victim's older brother Ahmed, 24, over a Mercedes 230 Kompressor.

On the day of the shooting, the Jama brothers clashed with friends of Gulaid and Ibrahim, before they met in Barnfield Road that evening.

Engineering student Abdala Jama, who lived with his family in Plumstead, died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, from a single gunshot wound.

Three spent bullet casings were also found at the scene.

Police will patrol the Barnfield, Connaught, Glyndon and Woolwich Common estates until Sunday to reassure residents that the verdict will not flare violence in the area.

But a resident in Barnfield Road, where the shooting occurred, said the case was history.

He added: "The case is over - if they are innocent they are innocent.

"There is no trouble here and that is how we want it to stay."

Although the trial is concluded, police are still considering persuing other aspects of the case.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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