The younger brother of a rapper murdered in South Norwood told police he believed the bullet was intended for him, the Old Bailey heard on Friday.
Umar Tufail, 25, who performed under the name Humuh, was shot in the head in front of the brothers’ home on July 15 2012. Moments after the shooting, his younger brother Amir, 18, a member of the Block Cartel gang, told police that the bullet was aimed at him. He said: “I have a lot of enemies.”
Sanchez Thomas, a member of a rival group, the Squeeze Section gang, was driving the car from which the bullet was fired. It has been claimed by Kyrone Daley, a passenger in the car, that Thomas shot Umar because of a feud with Amir. Thomas denies the allegations, claiming that a third passenger fired the gun.
He claims that a member of Don’t Say Nothing, another Croydon gang, is responsible for Umar’s murder.
CCTV footage has been examined but at no point can a third person be seen inside the car, or entering it. Phone records of the accused, a man nicknamed Pauser, show that he was in Maidstone, Kent, on the day of the murder.
Prosecution barrister William Boyce QC said: “He (Thomas) has backed himself completely into a corner.
Umar was taken to Kings College Hospital but died from his wounds the next day.
Daley and Thomas are charged with murder under joint enterprise. Both deny the charges against them.
The trial continues.