Trial continues of 21 year old murder with three in the dock

Three men are on trial accused of hunting down and murdering a 21-year-old in broad daylight on a Leicester estate.

Mohammed Jibreel was found on the floor with a knife wound in his back, in Taylor Road, St Matthews, on September 21 last year.

He was rushed to hospital, but died the next morning.

Abdullahi Botan, 19, of Rainworth Road, North Evington, Ali Mohammed, 20, of Pembroke Street, off Humberstone Road and Abdourahmaane Sidibe, 21, of Orson Street, Spinney Hills have all denied a charge of murder and Sidibe has also denied a further charge of possessing a knife in a public place.

A fourth man, Regouane Delecolle, 20, of Withcote Avenue, Rowlatts Hill, is also on trial at Leicester Crown Court.

He denies two counts of assisting an offender, by allegedly helping Mohammed and Sidibe afterwards with transport and clothing, as well as aiding Sidibe to “flee to France.”

Sidible was later arrested on an International arrest warrant and brought back to the UK, the jury was told.

Vanessa Marshall QC, prosecuting, said: “Mohammed, Botan and Sidibe are jointly responsible for the murder of Mohammed Jibreel, when together they pursued him in an area of St Matthews, known locally as the ‘Spine.’ ”

Holding up a large knife which is the alleged murder weapon, she added: “When they caught up with him, Sidibe fatally stabbed Mr Jibreel in his back with this hunting knife.

“The handle was more than likely covered with his sock, in the hope, no doubt, that Sidibe wouldn’t leave any trace of himself on that knife.”

The court heard Mr Jibreel, 21, was fatally wounded, but tried to escape by running along Taylor Road.

He collapsed near the junction with Dysart Way and members of the public tended to him before an ambulance arrived.

Ms Marshall alleged the three defendants had been looking for Mr Jibreel in the area before he was attacked.

She said: “The fact only one person uses the knife doesn’t mean the others weren’t participating in the offence.

“If there was a joint plan to kill or cause really serious harm then that would be sufficient.”

The prosecutor said the motive for the killing was “unclear” but the likelihood was that once Mr Jibreel was “clocked” as being in the area that afternoon, “his card was marked.”

She said: “It wasn’t long before the three defendants were pursuing him down the ‘Spine’ with a joint intention, which at the very least, was to cause really serious harm, if not to kill.”

Mr Jibreel had gone into the city centre in the morning on the day of the attack and later met a friend, who was with him at the time of the stabbing – but that person made off.

Ms Marshall claimed Botan later told the police that Mohammed and Sidibe had “an issue” with Mr Jibreel.

But she alleged Botan was willing to support them and they split up into two groups, with three other friends, intent on “hunting down” the “target.”

The jury was shown CCTV footage of their movements around the Humberstone Road and St Matthews areas with all three defendants eventually walking together along Everest Close towards the ‘Spine’ at 2.55pm.

The prosecutor said: “Unfortunately, at the time of this incident, there were no cameras within the ‘Spine’ to show you what happened next.

“What we do know however, is that by 14.58hrs Mr Jibreel is witnessed running along Taylor Road, trailing blood as he goes, and being pursued, with that large hunting knife that I showed you, in his hand, by a man, the prosecution say, is Sidibe.

“Sidibe is no doubt concerned by the number of potential eye-witnesses on the street, finally halts his pursuit, and turns around and runs back towards and into the Spine, to make his escape.”

The knife, with a 12-inch blade, was allegedly abandoned nearby.

Ms Marshall said: “Tragically for Mr Jibreel, he did not achieve his escape and reached no further than Dysart Way and, with his hand on his back where he’d been stabbed, staggered and collapsed on a grassy area.”

The trial resumes today.


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