16 year-old boy found guilty of manslaughter

30/11/2012

A 16 year-old boy was today found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of killing a worshipper outside a mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, assaulted Saleem Hassan on 1 June 2012 and, as a result of the serious head injuries he received from the attack, Mr Hassan died five days later in hospital.

Wendy Stevens, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Saleem Hassan, along with several hundred other worshippers, visited the Noor-Ul-Uloom Mosque for Friday prayers. What is normally a time of harmony and reflection was that day replaced by violence.

"A verbal altercation between the victim and the defendant's brother took place inside the mosque which then later continued outside on the street.

"The defendant observed the altercation and, rather than avoid getting involved, ran home and picked up a baseball bat with which he returned to the scene and launched an attack on Saleem. He struck the victim on the back of the head which resulted in him collapsing to the floor. He then struck him again which resulted in Saleem losing consciousness.  

"After this, the defendant returned home, changed his clothes and then went to school.

"Saleem was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he died from his injuries five days later.

"This is a tragic case of a feud which erupted inside a place of worship and escalated on to the street. It led to the death of a young man and the conviction today of a 16 year-old boy for manslaughter.

"We extend out sympathies to Mr Hassan's family and friends."