An 81 year old Muslim man was punched and kicked to death in a racist attack as he walked to early morning prayers, a court has heard.
Dale Jones and Damien Hunt are on trial for the murder of Mushin Ahmed at Sheffield Crown Court. They deny the charges.
Mushin Ahmed was attacked on 10 August last year and died in hospital 11 days later.
The court heard that Jones called Mushin Ahmed a “groomer” before he and Hunt began their assault.
Prosecutor Andrew Robertson QC said, “Jones accused him of being a groomer or paedophile for no other reason than Mr Ahmed was Asian.”
Robertson said Jones had shouted racist abuse at an Asian taxi driver and threatened him shortly before the attack on Mushin Ahmed.
Fifty minutes after the attack Hunt bumped into a friend and said to him, “It’s a good job you are not a Paki.”
Robertson said, “It is a good indicator of what motivated him to attack Mr Ahmed.”
Mushin Ahmed was found lying on grass two hours later with severe injuries. A footprint on his face matched that of trainers worn by Jones. Hunt left his DNA on Mushin Ahmed’s broken dentures. Blood was later found on Hunt’s trainers.
CCTV footage showed Jones and Hunt jog after Mushin Ahmed. Jones claims that Hunt was “solely responsible” for the attack. Robertson told the jury, “The evidence will demonstrate that they were both responsible for the murder.”
Witness Kieran Rice gave evidence last week. He said Jones had been in a “psychopathic mood” in the run-up to the attack.
Kieran Rice had said that Hunt tried to stop the attack. He said, “Damien was following Dale, trying to stop him.”
His brother, Shane Rice, initially told the court that he hadn’t seen Hunt join in the attack. He later told the jury that he saw both defendants attack Mushin Ahmed.
He said he had lied to protect Kieran, who had also been arrested over the assault.
Shane Rice said, “The only reason was protecting my brother. He were in a prison cell with Damien.
“The truth is I seen Damien hit Mr Ahmed first.” He said that he then saw Jones kick Mushin Ahmed in the head.
Shane Rice said that his brother had passed a message from Hunt to him to ask him to say he hadn’t seen Hunt do anything.
Kieran Rice said he couldn’t remember if he’d asked his brother to lie for him.
The trial continues.