A pensioner who was assaulted by two men on his way to pray at a mosque in Rotherham died in hospital.
Mushin Ahmed, 81 was attacked just yards from his house on August 10 in a “sickening assault”.
The grandfather, described by his family as ‘gentle and non-confrontational,’ was on his way to say his morning prayers. He was found slumped on the ground with serious head injuries shortly before 6am. Ahmed was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Thursday (20).
A post-mortem examination is being carried out to establish the exact cause of his death.
His son Yoseff Ahmed, 40, condemned his attackers as “disgusting”.
“This should be seen for what it is, a terrible crime which we hope will not take away his life or his quality of life,” he said.
“We hoped that after all these years [my father] would be safe taking his morning walk to prayers, but unfortunately these days society can’t guarantee that to any of us.
“Should this turn out to be racially motivated we wouldn’t dream of labelling everyone, we need to remember they are criminals of the lowest order.”
He added: “My father is the beloved grandfather to my seven children. His nature is gentle and non-confrontational, so it’s shocking and sickening that they couldn’t get whatever they were after by merely asking.”
Two men from the town have already been charged with assault with intent and were remanded in custody by magistrates. Damien Hunt, 29, of Doncaster Road, and 21-year-old Kieran Rice, of Oakes Meadow, are due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on August 28.
Detective Cheif Inspector Chris Singleton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “He was a much loved and respected member of his community and his relatives are receiving specialist support from officers during this difficult time.”
Two other men, aged 29 and 24, arrested earlier this week have been bailed.