Friend of gang shooting victim jailed for stabbing

Mohamed Farah was found guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
Mohamed Farah was found guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A man whose friend was blasted to death with rounds from a Mac-10 machine gun in a running battle between members of a Somalian drugs gang, has been jailed for 18 months for repeatedly stabbing another gang member.

Mohamed Farah, 29, from Brentford was found guilty by a jury at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month of assaulting Ahmed Ahmed to his severe injury in Abercorn Crescent in the city on May 26 last year. The jury found that Farah had acted “under provocation”.

In May this year, Mohamud Mohamud, 30, Cadil Hussein, 23, and Hussein Ali, 26, were given life sentences after pleading guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to the murder of 25-year old Mohamed Abdi. Abdi, from Edinburgh, died after being shot in the chest following a car chase through Edinburgh.

The jury in the Sheriff Court trial of Farah, heard that the gang, dealing in crack cocaine, and operating in Glasgow and Edinburgh, had fallen out over money. This had led to a car chase which ended in Abercorn Crescent in the quiet residential area of Willowbrae in the early hours of May 26. The Glasgow members of the gang were in two cars. When one of the pursuing cars, a Volkswagen Sharan, crashed into the railings of the local tennis club, Abdi, armed with a metal baseball bat and Farah, with a knife, attacked it.

Abdi smashed the windows of the car and Farah repeatedly stabbed Ahmed. It was then that Abdi was hit by fire from the machine gun from inside the vehicle.

Sentence was deferred on Farah for background reports until today when his defence solicitor, Leanne McQuillan, told Sheriff James Scott that her client fully accepted becoming involved in the situation and that had been very unwise.

“This was a fairly extreme set of circumstances and Mr Farah reacted to that” she added. The jury, she said, had rejected a plea of self-defence, but had said there was a degree of provocation. Farah, she said, had a previous conviction for an analogous offence in 2009. Prior to that he had been studying for a degree in economics.

“Clearly, he is a man who is not stupid and could be a useful member of society” she added.

Sentencing Farah, Sheriff Scott said he accepted he was an intelligent man, but rejected his position that he had not known about weapons in the car he was in.

Farah, he said, must have known there was the possibility of violence. Imposing an 18-month sentence, backdated to July 21, the Sheriff told Farah that had the jury not found there had been provocation the sentence would have been one of 30 months.