Student shot dead in dispute over car’

PUBLISHED: 17:29 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:57 25 August 2010

AN ENGINEERING student was shot dead in front of his brothers in a row about a car, the Old Bailey has heard.

AN ENGINEERING student was shot dead in front of his brothers in a row about a car, the Old Bailey has heard.

Abdala Jama, 20, was blasted in the stomach at close range during a stand-off between two groups of young men in Barnfield Road, Woolwich.

He collapsed to the ground and died from his injuries in hospital the following day.

Musa Ibrahim, 25, of Fisherman's Walk, Thamesmead, is alleged to have pulled the trigger after his friend, Ali Gulaid, 22, turned up in Barnfield Road with a handgun late on July 14 last year.

The court was told the area of Woolwich was a regular meeting point for the Somalian community.

But a simmering feud began when one of Mr Jama's brothers learnt that his Mercedes 230 Kompressor was being driven around by Ibrahim and Gulaid.

The court was told Mr Jama, an engineering student at Southwark College, lived with his brothers at the family home in Plumstead.

In early 2007 his older brother Ahmed, 24, an IT worker nicknamed "Bricks", agreed to help a family friend by buying a Mercedes.

As the friend could not get insurance for it Ahmed agreed to pay for the car over several months and in that time his friend could drive it.

But the vehicle was registered to Ahmed Jama, the prosecutor explained.

Prosecuting, David Fisher, QC, told the court: "That arrangement seems to have worked reasonably well but there came a time when Ahmed Jama began being issued with parking penalties and congestion zone fines and documents relating to motoring offences.

"He learned the Mercedes was being used by Musa Ibrahim and Ali Gulaid.

"The fact that the two defendants were using the car annoyed Ahmed Jama for two reasons.

"First, he thought that the use of the car by Musa Ibrahim and Ali Gulaid could be the reason for the parking penalties and congestion zone fines.

"Second, he believed that both of those men and their two friends were drug dealers and he did not want a car registered in his name to be linked with drug dealing."

The court heard that on the afternoon of July 14 last year, Ahmed saw Gulaid driving the Mercedes in the area of Anglesea Road, Woolwich New Road and Wilmount Street.

He had words with Gulaid, nicknamed "Sky", and warned him to stop driving the car, but could not take it off him because he was out in a hire car.

Later that evening the Jama brothers fought with Gulaid's friends at a barbers in Woolwich New Road, and got the upper hand, the court was told.

The groups parted and when they clashed later that night, Abdala Jama was shot dead, the court was told.

Ibrahim, and Gulaid, of St Margaret's Terrace, Woolwich, deny murder.

The trial continues.

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