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Three years’ detention for racist teenager who brutally attacked pensioner outside mosque

6 October 2011 General 5 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Court: 16-year-old continued to beat victim while unconscious. Pic: © STV

Court: 16-year-old continued to beat victim while unconscious. Pic: © STV

A teenager who brutally attacked an elderly worshipper outside a mosque has been given three years’ detention.

Samuel Cassidy, 16, left 71-year-old Muhammed Iqbal with horrific injuries after kicking and stamping on his head, even after he lay unconscious, during the racist attack.

Mr Iqbal, a retired shopkeeper, was opening up Ayrshire Central Mosque in Kilmarnock for early morning prayers shortly before 2am when Cassidy pounced, calling him a “Paki b******”.

Nancy Beresford, prosecuting, said Cassidy pushed Mr Iqbal to the ground before kicking and stamping on his head and body. Witnesses said the attack continued after the grandfather lay unconscious on the ground. She said: “This continued for what they thought was about ten minutes.”

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard Cassidy fled before two more worshippers arrived on the scene. One was a doctor and gave first aid while an ambulance was called. Mr Iqbal was taken to Crosshouse Hospital suffering from severe facial injuries. He needed scans and was kept in hospital for several days. The court heard Cassidy boasted in a text message: “I have just left a Paki in a puddle of blood.”

Cassidy, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire, admitted racially aggravated assault to severe injury in July.

The attack caused widespread disgust in the Kilmarnock district, where Mr Iqbal was decribed as a “pillar of the community” for more than 40 years. Dr Shaheen Mirza, vice-chairman of Ayrshire Central Mosque, said after the incident: “It is a sad day when an elderly gentleman of any community is viciously attacked. How you treat your elderly is a gauge of the community’s civility you live in.”

Original post: Three years’ detention for racist teenager who brutally attacked pensioner outside mosque


  1. I am not sure 3 years is enough: will he have to serve the entire 3 years or will he be released early for good behavior assuming he has such?

  2. Anyone who does this can be rehabilitated, especially a young person. He should also do restitution to this victim after his sentence.

    His sentence should make him see the damage he’s done to another human being and humanize this outrageous attack.

    Otherwise, when he’s out, be becomes a hero for the Geert Wilders’ fan club and a prime recruit for Islamophobic hate groups, like SIOA.

  3. What a disgusting excuse of a human being

  4. He should have been tried as an adult. Assault and battery of a high and agaravated nature whole have given him 10 years. The victim was 71.

  5. He should have been charged as an adult and given the maximum sentence.

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