Abdirahim Mohamed: Man lured to death by fake drugs deal, court told

By Greig Watson
BBC News

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Abdirahim Mohamed was found with multiple stab wounds in Leicester

An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death after being lured to a fake drugs deal, a court has heard.

Abdirahim Mohamed, 18, was attacked in Melbourne Street, Leicester, on 8 September and died early the next day.

Leicester Crown Court heard Rizwan Gul and two others were robbed when a gang burst into a flat in the city just after midnight on 7 September.

The prosecution said this led to Mr Mohamed being ambushed near a park during the bogus drug deal.

James House QC, prosecuting, said phone records, CCTV and witnesses showed how Mr Gul organised the attack after issuing a series of threats to Mr Mohamed.

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Mr Mohamed was attacked in Melbourne Street

Jurors heard Mr Gul and two friends were attacked in a flat in St Saviours Road, where phones, money and a car were stolen.

One of these phones was used to organise drug deals, the court heard.

The following day, the court was told a series of calls and threatening text messages were sent by Mr Gul to various phones, including the drug deal phone now being held by Mr Mohamed.

Bogus deal

Mr House told the jury on the day of the stabbing, Mr Gul bought an second-hand Audi for cash that was used, along with a Ford Mondeo, to take some of the defendants to the scene of the attack.

Additionally, the court heard that phone records showed Mr Gul contacted a number of associates, who then rang the stolen phone.

Mr House said this showed Mr Gul was asking them to contact Mr Mohamed via the stolen phone and arrange to meet to buy drugs.

He said: "This was Rizwan Gul attempting to lure Abdirahim Mohamed into a trap.

"The sequence shows, we suggest, there was a plan."

Fractured skull

At about 23:40 BST, witnesses close to a park in Melbourne Street described six men in balaclavas getting out of the Audi, at least four of them carrying large knives.

They also reported the sound of "rowdy youths running" followed shortly after by loud screams.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Mohamed suffered seven stab wounds, two serious, along with a fractured skull.

The accused men, who all deny murder, are:

  • Rizwan Gul, 26, of no fixed address
  • Mohammed Israfeel Gul, 28, of New Way Road, Leicester
  • Abdul Hemid Suleman, 59, of Jupiter Close, Leicester
  • Zakir Brant, 26, of Bale Road, Leicester
  • Daniel Pollard, 30, of Calder Road, Leicester
  • Mohammed Hansrod, 30, of Dulverton Road, Leicester
  • Bhavic Parmar, 26, of Bowling Green Street

Three other men, who deny assisting an offender, are:

  • Khatib Gul, of Apollo Court, Leicester
  • Farhad Ali Saleem, of Frederick Road, Leicester
  • Adam Brant, of Bale Road, Leicester

The trial continues.

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