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Five deny murder of Somali refugee
Friday, June 20, 2008

FIVE men have denied beating a Somali teenager to death in a Liverpool park.

Ahmed 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.

Khadar 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 previous day.

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.

At 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


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