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Five men jailed for life for murder of Abdul-Rahman Abu-Baker

|News, Violent crime

Five men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Abdul-Rahman Abu-Baker who was fatally shot as he was leaving a barbeque in 2018.

Abdirahman Yusuf, 23, of Aston; Mustafa Omar, 21, of no fixed address; Shire Omar Elmi, 24, from Glasgow; Fahmi Daahir, 23, from Nechells; and Abdirahman Dirie, 21, of no fixed address were sentenced today (14 January 2022) at Birmingham Crown Court.

On 15 May 2018, Abdul-Rahman Abu-Baker and his friends were at a barbeque in the Highgate area of Birmingham. As Mr Abu-Baker went to leave as the barbeque ended he came upon a three car convoy. He was shot and killed by a gunman who was sat in one of those three vehicles.

People at the scene were immediately aware that something serious had happened and they quickly transferred Mr Abu-Baker to the back of nearby vehicle and drove away to seek out medical assistance. They were able to flag down an ambulance, and Mr Abu-Baker was taken to hospital. Tragically, he had died soon after arrival.

The court heard how the defendants had stolen three vehicles a few days before in order to commit the murder. They used one vehicle to carry out several recognisance trips to the scene of the shooting. Telephone evidence showed repeated calls between the men as they planned the attack and as they sought to escape the scene and destroy the evidence linking them to the attack by burning two of the three cars used.

Working closely with West Midlands Police, the CPS used a combination of CCTV, mobile phone evidence (both to prove locations and communications), forensic evidence and witness statements to build this case and prove the guilt of the defendants. The prosecution case was that the shooting was the result of meticulous planning.

One of the defendants brought petrol to the crime scene before the murder, proving that they not just planned the shooting but had also planned how to avoid detection. The defendants' actions in setting fire to two vehicles were part of a coordinated effort to destroy evidence. Potentially critical DNA, fingerprint, and other forensic evidence were all destroyed when the cars were burned out.

Giovanni DAlessandro of the CPS said: “While we may never know which of these men fired the fatal shot, the evidence indicates that all five men were willing participants in the pre-planned attack on Mr Abu-Baker which led to his death. The defendants attempted to cover up their crimes by burning two of the cars they had used to facilitate the attack. Despite the substantial evidence linking them to the crime, they denied the charges, forcing Mr Abu-Baker's family to relive the tragedy of their loss through a trial.

"Today, all five men have been sentenced for their part in the needless and tragic loss of a young life. I hope that the sentencing today sends an important message that these crimes will be meticulously investigated and vigorously prosecuted. The use of firearms on our streets is a menace to all and offending of this nature will not be tolerated. My thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Abu-Baker at what must continue to be a very difficult time for them."

Notes to editors

  • Giovanni D’Alessandro is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.


Sentencing details:

Abdirahman Yusuf (DOB: 24 March 1998)

  • Murder: Life with minimum tariff of 25 years.
  • For Arson and Perverting the course of justice (PCOJ) - guilty pleas - three years on each to be served concurrently.
  • For second arson four years to be served concurrently.
  • 526 days to count on remand.

Mustafa Omar (DOB: 15 March 2000)

  • Murder: Life with minimum tariff of 22 years.
  • For arson, PCOJ 39 months imprisonment on each to be served concurrently.
  • 526 days to count on remand.

Shire Omar Elmi (2 October 1997)

  • Murder: Life with minimum tariff of 25 years.
  • For arson, PCOJ four years imprisonment on each to be served concurrently.
  • 524 days to count on remand.

Fahmi Daahir (1 July 1998)

  • Murder: Life with minimum tariff of 27 years.
  • For arson, arson, PCOJ four years imprisonment on each to be served concurrently.
  • 524 days to count on remand.

Abdirahman Dirie (youth at the time of the offence - DOB: 31 August 2000)

  • Murder: Life with minimum tariff of 21 years.
  • For arson, PCOJ 30 months imprisonment on each to be served concurrently.
  • 513 days to count on remand.

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