An 81-year-old Muslim man who sustained life-threatening injuries following an assault as he was on his way to fajr prayers in Rotherham has died in hospital.
Mushin Ahmed was seriously assaulted in an area just off Fitzwilliam Road in the early hours of Monday August, 10.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton, from South Yorkshire Police’s Specialist Crime Services, said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm to the public this morning the death of Mr Ahmed and our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends.
“He was a much loved and respected member of his community and his relatives are receiving specialist support from officers during this difficult time.
“I’d ask that the wider public and the media respect the family’s privacy at this distressing time.”
Two men have been charged in connection with the assault.
Damien Hunt, aged 29 and Kieran John Rice, 21, both from Rotherham, appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with section 18 assault with intent.
Both men were remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday, August 28.
A further two men were arrested earlier this week – a 29-year-old man from Dalton and a 24-year-old man from Thrybergh. They have been bailed while detectives continue their enquiries.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 147 of August 10, 2015.