FIVE men have denied beating a Somali teenager to death in a Liverpool park.
Mohamed Ibrahim suffered fatal head injuries after being attacked in
Sefton Park last March, yards from his home in Brompton Avenue.
The 17-year-old died just nine months after fleeing his native Somalia to start a new life in the city.
He had had an emotional reunion in Liverpool with his mother Asiya, who had left war-torn Mogadishu a year earlier.
She attended Liverpool Crown Court yesterday and watched from the public gallery as five men were charged with her son’s murder.
Mohammed, 22, Essa Mohammed Ismail, 21, Ali Mohammed, 19, all of Ritson
Street, Liverpool; Ibrahim Ahmed, 22, of Northbrook Road, Liverpool and
Ahmed Kayse Ahmed, 29, of St Mary Street, Greenwich, London, all
pleaded not guilty to murder. They also denied violent disorder on the
Khadar Mohammed, Essa Mohammed Ismail and Ali
Mohammed also entered not guilty pleas to wounding with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm.
All the men appeared at court via
video-link from prison to enter their not guilty pleas. The Recorder of
Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe, set a trial date for October 27. It is
expected to last up to six weeks.
All the men were remanded in custody.
the time of his death, Ahmed was studying at Liverpool Community Centre
and worked part-time at medical nutrition firm SHS International, at
Wavertree Technology Park.
SOURCE: Liverpool Daily Post, June 20, 2008