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Muslim alcohol row led to killing

Ahmed Ibrahim (Pic: Merseyside Police)
Ahmed died as a result of a "blunt force trauma"

A Somali teenager was beaten to death by a gang in a row over accusations his cousin drank alcohol, a court heard.

Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim, 17, was hit in the head with a samurai sword, baseball bat, machete and metal pole in Sefton Park, Liverpool, on 10 March.

He had gone with his 16-year-old cousin Ahmed Mahamoud Ahmed for an arranged fight with the boy's accuser, Ali Mohammed, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Mr Mohammed, 19, and four other Somali men have denied murder.

The court was told the night before the fatal attack, several of the men and boys clashed after a lecture on keeping out of trouble.

Ali Mohammed allegedly accused Ahmed Mahamoud Ahmed of breaking Muslim rules by drinking alcohol, before holding him down while a friend hit his head with a bat.

Tim Holroyde QC, prosecuting, said the next day Ahmed Mahmoud Ahmed was lured to "a straightener" - a one-on-one fight - where Mr Mohammed, his two brothers Khadar, 23, Essa, 22, and two cousins allegedly lay in wait.

One of the defendants was heard to shout 'He's still alive'
Tim Holroyde QC, prosecuting

In the ensuing attack, Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim, of Ritson Street, Toxteth, was killed and another of his cousins, Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed, 17, lost a finger.

Mr Holroyde said: "Ahmed Mohammed Ibrahim was knocked to the ground by a blow with a bat, and the first three defendants - Khadar, Essa and Ali Mohammed, all set about beating him with bats and the machete.

"One of the defendants was heard to shout 'He's still alive'.

"All five defendants then joined in a continued attack with weapons on the deceased as he lay, obviously helpless, on the ground."

Blood stains

The three brothers of Ritson Street, Toxteth, and their cousins Ibrahim Ahmed, 23, of Beaconsfield Street, Toxteth, and Ahmed Kayse Ahmed, 30, of St Mary Street, Greenwich, London, all deny murder and violent assault.

The three brothers also deny wounding with intent, relating to the attack on Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed.

The jury heard that the murder weapons were found hours after the killing in a bin bag outside a house Khadar Mohammed used.

Mr Holroyde said strands of hair and traces of blood from the dead teenager were found on the metal pole and his blood stains were also on the sword handle and baseball bat.

The jury heard that his blood was also found on clothing belonging to the three brothers and Ahmed Kayse Ahmed.

The trial continues.

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