Dale Jones, 30, was convicted of murder by unanimous verdict at his trial last Wednesday. Today, a jury found Damien Hunt guilty of manslaughter by unanimous verdict.
Jones was jailed for life, with a requirement to serve a minimum of 32 years, and Hunt was jailed for 14 years at Sheffield Crown Court.
During the trial, the court heard that Mr Ahmed had been pursued by the two men as he made his way to the mosque for early morning prayers on 10 August 2015. Mr Ahmed was taunted by the men who called him a “groomer” before launching a vicious attack on him. Mr Ahmed died in hospital 11 days after the serious assault in which he suffered fractures to his eye sockets, jaw and nose.
Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Short, the Senior Investigating Officer on the case said in a statement released by South Yorkshire Police:
“This brutal and unprovoked assault sent shockwaves through the local community, where Mr Ahmed was well-liked and highly regarded.
“His family and friends have been left absolutely devastated by his death yet they have conducted themselves admirably and with tremendous strength throughout our inquiry, which should be commended.
“Mr Ahmed suffered horrific injuries at the hands of Jones and Hunt. Jones in his anger stamped on Mr Ahmed’s head so hard that we were able to recover a shoe print from his skin – this extreme violence is nothing short of sickening and highlights just how dangerous these individuals are.
“The pair refused to take responsibility for their crime, putting Mr Ahmed’s family through the further distress of a court trial where they had to hear in detail what happened to their loved one. This family have demonstrated exceptional strength and dignity while listening to shocking evidence.
“Hunt and Jones have never given an explanation for their own vicious actions that evening, but the court heard how Mr Ahmed was assaulted because of the colour of his skin, a fact that is as disturbing as it is despicable.
“To cause harm to another human being because of their race, ethnicity, or religious belief is simply beyond reproach, I will never understand how anybody can treat another person in such a callous and inhumane manner.”