Sheffield murder victim ‘very’ nervous before fatal shooting

Jordan Thomas, aged 22, died as a result of gunshot injuries
Jordan Thomas, aged 22, died as a result of gunshot injuries

The grandmother of murdered Sheffield man Jordan Thomas has revealed he was ‘on edge and very nervous’ days before his death.

Lynne Hamblett told Sheffield Crown Court ‘she knew something was going on’ and had a ‘horrible feeling’ something was wrong and ‘feared’ for her grandson.

She revealed that days before his death Jordan would close the blinds in the middle of the day and make sure that both doors were locked.

Two days before his death, his grandmother found a large knife on his bedside table and asked him about it.

She said: “I was shocked, I’d never seen anything like it. I kept asking him ‘why do you need this?’.

“I said ‘how dare you bring something like this into my house what are you doing?’.

“He said ‘I need to protect myself, you don’t want to know Nannan’. He had his head in his hands. It upset him because it upset me.

“I then said ‘I want to know’ and took the knife off him.”

He later told his grandmother: “It’s the Somalians from Broomhall, they’re kicking off again.”

Mrs Hamblett also said Jordan ‘would not travel’ on public transport and trusted only three people to drive him anywhere.

“He always got picked up away from my house, he seemed very concerned about me,” she told the court.

Mrs Hamblett told the jury about the traumatic task she faced of identifying Jordan’s body.

She said: “Jordan’s death will never heal, he was my whole world.”

Mrs Hamblett said trouble with Jordan, who was aged 22, started in 2011 when he told her his cousin James Knowles had killed a man called Mubarak Ali.

Knowles was found guilty of manslaughter.

Jordan was shot twice in the chest as the Ford Mondeo car he was in stopped at traffic lights on Derek Dooley Way on December 21 last year.

He died in hospital an hour after the shooting.

Jama Ahmed, 26, of Violet bank Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, and Asif Yousaf, 33, of Broomhall Place, both deny his murder and the attempted murder of Neshaun Ferguson, who was also injured in the shooting.

Yousaf’s parents, Mohammed Yousaf, 61, and Tazeem Bi, 57, both of Violet Bank Road, both deny attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The trial continues.