Five men to serve 120 years in prison for gunning down Birmingham businessman, 24, during Ramadan


Moments before death: CCTV captures dessert shop-owning businessman, 24, leaving Ramadan party on quad bike before being gunned down from window of passing car as five men are jailed for 120 years

  • Fahmi Daahir, Mustafa Omar, Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi and Abdirahman Yusuf sentenced to more than a century in prison over drive-by shotgun murder
  • All five denied murder but were convicted at trial at Birmingham Crown Court 
  • Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, was shot with a shotgun back in May 2018
  • He was leaving a party on a quad bike before three cars pulled up and was shot 


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CCTV footage captures the shocking final minutes of a businessman’s life before five thugs gunned him down in cold blood after a Ramadan party. 

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being blasted with a shotgun in the Highgate area of Birmingham and he died hours later in hospital.

The dessert shop boss was riding a quad bike away from a party to mark the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018.

On Friday, the five men who were convicted of being behind the drive-by killing were collectively sentenced to more than a century behind bars. 

A court heard three cars in a convoy had pulled up shortly beforehand and the fatal gunshot was fired from one of the vehicles.

Within 72 hours two of the cars had been set alight and destroyed to try and destroy evidence, while the third had disappeared without trace.  

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir, 24, Mustafa Omar, 21, Abdirahman Dirie, 21, Shire Elmi, 24, and Abdirahman Yusuf, 23, in August last year.  

All denied murder but were convicted following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court in October – even though it is believed none of them fired the fatal shot. 

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being blasted with a shotgun in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 and died hours later in hospital

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being blasted with a shotgun in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 and died hours later in hospital

Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, suffered catastrophic injuries after being blasted with a shotgun in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 and died hours later in hospital

Mr Rahman Abubaker, a business owner from Birmingham, was riding a quad bike away from a party to mark the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 when he was fatally attacked by the gang

Mr Rahman Abubaker, a business owner from Birmingham, was riding a quad bike away from a party to mark the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 when he was fatally attacked by the gang

Mr Rahman Abubaker, a business owner from Birmingham, was riding a quad bike away from a party to mark the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham in May 2018 when he was fatally attacked by the gang

Today Daahir, of Nechells, Birmingham, who was also convicted of arson, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years.

Yusuf, of Aston, Birmingham, who also pleaded guilty to arson and perverting the course of justice, received a minimum term of 25 years.

Elmi, of Glasgow, was handed a minimum of 25 years while Omar, 21, of no fixed address, was handed a minimum sentence of 22 years behind bars.

Dirie, 21, of no fixed address, who was aged 17 at the time, was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years.

Elmi was tracked down in Glasgow while Yusuf was arrested at a London airport after coming back from Sweden where he’d fled less than a month after the murder.

The other three were detained in Birmingham.

By reviewing footage from more than 100 CCTV cameras, detectives established four cars – of which three were stolen – had initially met in Hams Road Alum Rock, Birmingham.

One car was abandoned but another, a VW Passat, was sent out on several trips to scour the area near the barbecue.

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir (right), Mustafa Omar (middle), Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi (left) and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir (right), Mustafa Omar (middle), Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi (left) and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year

A lengthy investigation led to the arrests of Fahmi Daahir (right), Mustafa Omar (middle), Abdirahman Dirie, Shire Elmi (left) and Abdirahman Yusuf in August last year

Daahir, 23, of Nechells; Omar, 21, of Alum Rock; Yusuf, 23, (left) of, Aston; Elmi, 23, of Glasgow and Dirie, 21, (right) of Newtown, were remanded in custody

Daahir, 23, of Nechells; Omar, 21, of Alum Rock; Yusuf, 23, (left) of, Aston; Elmi, 23, of Glasgow and Dirie, 21, (right) of Newtown, were remanded in custody

Daahir, 23, of Nechells; Omar, 21, of Alum Rock; Yusuf, 23, (left) of, Aston; Elmi, 23, of Glasgow and Dirie, 21, (right) of Newtown, were remanded in custody

Police reviewed footage from more than 100 CCTV cameras and established four cars – of which three were stolen – initially met in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

One car was abandoned but another, a VW Passat, was sent out on several trips to scour the area near the barbecue.

A stolen Ford Kuga – part of the convoy from which the fatal shot was fired – was taken back to Hams Road and set alight within six minutes of the shooting.

A taxi was ordered to pick up a group further down the road shortly afterwards.

An examination of the Kuga found shotgun cartridges and the remnants of a fuel container in the scorched shell.

Another vehicle in the convoy – an Audi A3 – was discovered in Arley Road, Alum Rock, after being set alight three days after the killing.

Daahir’s sock was found in the car and he, along with Yusuf admitted arson ahead of the trial. 

Cell site records also established telephone communication involving members of the group. 

Police traced their movements, including Daahir and Yusuf being within a vehicle which was in the convoy that evening and Elmi and Omar being in Hams Road.

Mr Rahman Abubaker (pictured looking back at the crowd above) was last seen alive at a party marking the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham

Mr Rahman Abubaker (pictured looking back at the crowd above) was last seen alive at a party marking the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham

Mr Rahman Abubaker (pictured looking back at the crowd above) was last seen alive at a party marking the start of Ramadan in Stratford Place in the Highgate area of Birmingham

Abdul Rahman Abubaker is pictured riding his quadbike (at bottom of the shot) before he is gunned down in a drive-by shooting

Abdul Rahman Abubaker is pictured riding his quadbike (at bottom of the shot) before he is gunned down in a drive-by shooting

Abdul Rahman Abubaker is pictured riding his quadbike (at bottom of the shot) before he is gunned down in a drive-by shooting

All denied murder but were convicted following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court. 

Giovanni DAlessandro, of the CPS, said: ‘While we may never know which of these men fired the fatal shot, the evidence indicates that all five men were willing participants in the pre-planned attack on Mr Abu-Baker which led to his death.

‘The defendants attempted to cover up their crimes by burning two of the cars they had used to facilitate the attack.

‘Despite the substantial evidence linking them to the crime, they denied the charges, forcing Mr Abu-Baker’s family to relive the tragedy of their loss through a trial.

All denied murder but were convicted following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured)

All denied murder but were convicted following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured)

All denied murder but were convicted following the trial at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured)

‘Today, all five men have been sentenced for their part in the needless and tragic loss of a young life.

‘I hope that the sentencing today sends an important message that these crimes will be meticulously investigated and vigorously prosecuted.

‘The use of firearms on our streets is a menace to all and offending of this nature will not be tolerated.

‘My thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Abu-Baker at what must continue to be a very difficult time for them.’

Superintendent Edward Foster, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘This has been a complex investigation during which Abdul, along with his family and friends, have been at the forefront of our minds.

‘We will never probably never know the reason behind this tragic killing and who actually fired the fatal shot.

‘Undoubtedly, there were others who were part of this horrific attack but whose identities remain unknown.

‘But it’s clear this was the culmination of careful planning which involved all five of these men who have been convicted.

‘They helped destroy or conceal cars while two fled the country in their attempt to avoid being caught.

‘However, due to the diligence, dedication and expertise of our officers and staff we ensured this wasn’t the case.

‘Each of them played a role in causing, or assisting, the tragic murder of Abdul and they will now rightly spend considerable time behind bars.’

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