An 81-year-old man who suffered life-threatening injuries following an attack in Rotherham has died in hospital overnight. Mushin Ahmed was assaulted in an area just off Fitzwilliam Road in the early hours of Monday 10 August. Two men from Rotherham Damien Hunt, 29 and Kieran John Rice, 21, were orignially charged with Grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 14 August. But now another two men have also been charged and all at the time of writing are due to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 28 August.
Mr Ahmed was a loved and respected member of the local Yemeni community in Rotherham. The community is due to hold a vigil later today in the spot where he was attacked. The local Unite Against Fascism group has called a vigil tomorrow in All Saints Square at midday and will be releasing a statement.
In the last couple of years Rotherham has been the scene of dozens of far-right demonstrations that have sought to exploit the child abuse scandal in order to whip up racist divisions in the town. The latest of these demonstrations is due to take place next month by Britain First. UAF opposes all such demonstrations because they create a climate for racist attacks to rise.