30 years for Sheffield sawn-off shotgun killing

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A ‘DANGEROUS’ gunman who shot a teenager dead has been jailed for life and told he will spend at least 30 years behind bars.

Abdi Omar, aged 26, fired a sawn-off shotgun over his shoulder into a crowd of revellers during a 24th birthday party at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, Sheffield.

The bullet hit 18-year-old Deeq Ali – an acquaintaince of Omar’s who was trying to usher him from the club because he was drunk and causing trouble.

Mr Ali, a Sheffield Hallam University student, was rushed to the Northern General Hospital but died from a gunshot wound to the head.

A jury failed to reach a verdict at Omar’s first trial in May, but yesterday jurors returned a unanimous guilty verdict within two hours at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sentencing him to life imprisonment, and ordering him to spend at least 30 years in jail, Judge Roger Keen QC, told Omar: “You demonstrated that night you are a very dangerous man.

“You are a young man with a short temper and on this evening you deliberately armed yourself with a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

“Before the killing you used the weapon, firing it in the air in a public street.

“You then reloaded it, cocked it and concealed it in your trousers so it was ready and available to use again if necessary.”

Judge Keen said Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, lost his temper after his efforts to get into the club were potentially thwarted on the night of the party in October 2011.

“It’s clear to me you totally lost your temper, you felt humiliated, and you decided someone in that club was going to suffer,” he said.

“In firing the weapon you intended people in the club to be seriously injured.”

He added: “As it is you killed an acquaintance, who was so close to the weapon that thankfully no-one else was injured.”