Willowbrae murder trial: Hidden machine gun found

Seven men entered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin
Seven men entered not guilty pleas at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin
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A CRIME scene examiner has told a murder trial he found an automatic machine gun hidden in undergrowth near to where a 25-year-old man was gunned down in a leafy Edinburgh suburb.

Mark Heron, 49, said that he also recovered a revolver, a bullet and a blood-stained baseball bat from a Volkswagen Sharan crashed near to Abercorn Tennis Club

Mr Heron was giving evidence at the trial of Mohamud Mohamud, 30, Ahmed Ahmed, 28, Cadil Huseen, 23, Hussein Ali, 26, Liban Ahmed – also known as Jama, 30, Said Fadal, 32, and Said Tarabi, 27, who deny murdering 25-year-old Mohamed Abdi in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh on May 26, last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Heron was called out to the Duddingston area of Edinburgh at 5am,

He told advocate depute Iain McSporran, prosecuting: “An automatic machine gun could be seen , It was partially obscured by branches and undergrowth. “

He told the jurors he photographed it where it was before asking firearms officers to move the weapon.

Earlier the court heard that Mr Abda was shot three times and pathologists said that the fatal wound was to his chest.

Mr Abda’s father Oman Abda, 59, told the court that he came from Somalia to Scotland in 1990 and his son and two daughters came over to live with him in Edinburgh in 2011.

Mr Abda senior, who is a lecturer in Arabic and Somalian, described his son as: “a very kind and helpful person to me.”

He revealed that on May 3, 2013 the home he shared with his son at 33 Buchanan Street, Edinburgh, was raided by police who found illicit drugs.

Mr Abda said he was “shocked” and warned his son.

He added: “I told him anyone involved in this either ended up in jail or being murdered.

“I asked him about the drugs and he said it belonged to his friend.”

Mr Abda said he was in Birmingham the weekend his son died and was contacted by police and told the bad news.

It is alleged that the seven accused repeatedly fired a sub-machine pistol and a revolver after a car chase along Duddingston Road West, Willowbrae Road and Abercorn Avenue.

The seven are accused of forcing the car occupied by Mr Abdi, Mohamed Farah and Abdulrakim Abdulrahman to stop by colliding with it and repeatedly shooting at the occupants, murdering Mr Adbi and attempting to murder the other two men.

Mohamud and the others are also accused of assault, of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and firearms charges.

All seven deny all the charges against them.

The trial before judge Lord Turnbull continues.