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South Norwood rapper 'deliberately executed' outside his home, trial hears

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TWO teenagers 'deliberately executed' an aspiring rapper outside his home in South Norwood last summer, a court has heard. Umar Tufail, 25, was sitting in a car in Wharncliffe Road on July 15 last year when a vehicle allegedly driven by Sanchez Thomas and his passenger Kyrone Daley pulled alongside. One occupant produced a handgun and shot Umar in the head before the car drove away, the Old Bailey heard today (Tuesday). Umar, a rapper who performed under the name Humuh, was taken to hospital where he died the next day. Thomas and Daley are charged with murder under joint enterprise. William Boyce, prosecuting, said the pair had been "in on it together". He told the court: "Two young men drove through south London on a Sunday afternoon with a loaded, real gun in their car. "They have pulled up alongside another car and one of them has taken out a loaded, real gun with the other one sitting right beside him. "Once the gun was out he has deliberately executed another young man. "This is a deliberate execution. You don't shoot someone at very close range in the head unless you intend to kill them. "You wouldn't do that unless you are confident the other person was in on it with you." The court heard friends and neighbours Thomas and Daley, both 19, had set out from their homes in Unity Close in West Norwood in a grey Vauxhall Corsa owned by Thomas' mother. The jury was taken through extensive CCTV footage which the prosecutor said showed their journey to the scene of the killing and then back to Unity Close. They then took a minicab to Daley's friend's house in Fulham, the jury was told. The Corsa was recovered by the police the day after the shooting. The court heard Daley and Thomas' fingerprints were found in the car, and gunshot residue was discovered on a top Thomas left at the house in Fulham. The pair were later arrested but said nothing when interviewed by police. On the afternoon he was killed, Umar had driven his family's red Vauxhall Corsa to Tesco and then returned home. Mr Boyce told the court: "He then made the regrettable and fateful decision, from his point of view, to pop out again." Umar went back to the car, started the engine and then was shot in the side of the head. "From that grey Corsa without doubt someone fired a handgun into the head of Umar Tufail and drove off," added Mr Boyce. Umar's brother Amir and his friend Stephen Crawford were playing computer games in an upstairs bedroom when they heard what sounded like a gunshot. Mr Boyce said: "Crawford got to the window first and what he saw parked in the road alongside the red Corsa was a grey Corsa which moved off to the right. "Amir and Crawford came rushing down the stairs. It was clear from what Amir had heard that he thought Umar had been shot. "He shouted out: 'Umar has been shot'. They then ran to the door and ran out to the red Corsa where they found Umar." Umar was taken to King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill but his life support machine was turned off the following day. Daley and Thomas deny murder and the trial continues.

South Norwood rapper 'deliberately executed' outside his home, trial hears


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