Sheffield party shooting murder accused faces a retrial

Deeq Ali  Crop
Deeq Ali Crop

A MAN accused of murdering his cousin in a shooting at a party will face a retrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Abdi Omar, aged 25, killed Deeq Ali during a birthday celebration at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, Sheffield, last October.

He allegedly fired the gun into a group of revellers who were ushering him out of the venue. A bullet hit Deeq, 18.

Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, denied murder, but admitted pulling the trigger without meaning to hurt anyone.

The jury of seven women and five men failed to reach a majority verdict on the murder charge after more than 10 hours of deliberations.

They unanimously acquitted Omar of threatening a 16-year-old with a gun hours before the killing.

Discharging the jury, the judge, Mr Justice Coulson, said: “You worked extremely hard on this case. If you reached differing views, that sometimes happens.”

Paul Watson QC, prosecuting, said: “Our position is that this matter should be retried.”

A date for the retrial will be fixed later this month.