South East Wales

Mohammed Musa murder: Friend guilty of Cardiff killing

Mohammed Musa
Image caption Mohammed Musa died in April 2003

A man extradited from Canada last year has been found guilty of murdering a friend outside a block of flats in Cardiff eight years ago.

Newly-wed Mohammed Musa, 21, died after being struck on the head with a weightlifting bar in Butetown on 18 April 2003.

Mohamoud Mahad Ahmed, 28, of no fixed address, went on the run following the attack.

Mahad denied murder and will be sentenced on Thursday.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Mahad, 28, was in an "angry and aggressive mood" when he swung the pole at his friend.

Prosecutor Peter Griffiths QC said: "He was armed with a weightlifting bar, in a violent, combative and aggressive mood struck the victim a massive and fatal blow to the head.

Image caption The attacked happened in the Butetown area of the city

"It was a massive blow and it fractured his skull not just in one place but almost as an egg-shell cracks."

Mr Griffiths said Mahad picked up the 5ft (1.5m) long metal bar "like a baseball bat" and swung it towards a crowd of men.

He said: "The person who it connected with was the unsuspecting Mohammed Musa.

"He poleaxed basically the unsuspecting Mr Musa and he dropped like a stone to the floor."

Recorder of Cardiff Nicholas Cooke QC told Mahad: "There is only sentence which I can impose and that is life. But I have to set a tariff."

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