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Mushin Ahmed's alleged killer held 'racist beliefs', court hears

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2492

Rotherham, Mushin Ahmed, anti-racism, racism, Islamophobia, imam, Muslim, Muslims, murder, court, trial

A street in the South Yorkshire town where Mushin Ahmed lived (Pic: Guy Smallman )


A man accused of murdering an Asian pensioner in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, held “racist beliefs”, a court has heard.

Mushin Ahmed was attacked on 10 August last year and died in hospital 11 days later.

Dale Jones and Damien Hunt are on trial for his murder at Sheffield Crown Court. Both deny the murder and say the other was responsible.

The court heard last week that Jones demonstrated “racist beliefs” to probation officer Alasdair Kirkpatrick in April 2015.

In a statement read to the court, Kirkpatrick said he was “taken aback” by comments made by Jones about Pakistani men.

Kirkpatrick had been interviewing Jones in relation to a suspended sentence he received for a public order offence.

He said Jones had said Pakistanis made him “very angry” because they were all “rapists”.

The court heard that Jones has previous convictions for violent offences.

They include a public order offence where Jones kicked a man in the head outside a Rotherham bar.

Jones also has a conviction of battery relating to an attack on his former girlfriend. He pushed his fingers into her eyes, punched and headbutted her in front of their two year old child.

Interview 

A transcript of an interview given by Damien Hunt to police was read to the court last week.

Hunt had originally told police he was in bed when Mushin Ahmed was attacked.

In the transcript Hunt claimed he lied to protect his family from “nutcase” Jones. He said he tried to get Jones to “calm down” after Jones confronted Mushin Ahmed.

He said he stayed because “I wanted to see that Mr Ahmed would be all right.”

Prosecutor Andrew Robertson QC said Jones and Hunt marched after Mushin Ahmed “like soldiers” before launching a “brutal and savage attack”.

He told Hunt, “You knew exactly what you were going to do and you paced things so you could attack Mr Ahmed in that secluded area at 3am.”

Hunt replied, “No.”

Jones has refused to give evidence in his defence.

The trial continues.


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Tue 23 Feb 2016, 17:55 GMT
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