Vigil for Rotherham grandfather, aged 81, who died after assault

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More than 100 people turned out to a vigil in memory of a Rotherham grandfather who died after a brutal assault.

Mushin Ahmed, aged 81, was attacked on his way to morning prayers at his local Mosque in the early hours of August 10.

He was left critically ill after the attack on Fitzwilliam Road and died in hospital 11 days after, on Thursday, August 20.

On Saturday, crowds gathered in All Saints Square, Rotherham, for a vigil.

It was organised by Rotherham Unite Against Fascism and supported by Yemeni community groups from both Sheffield and Rotherham to show respect for father-of-four Mr Ahmed and his family.

He has been described as ‘gentle and unconfrontational’ and a ‘much-loved and respected member of the community’ by police and relatives.

Several people spoke at the event and the Muslim Council of Britain has also reacted to the news.

Secretary General Dr Shuja Shafi said: “This is an absolute disgusting and horrific crime against an elderly man.”

Two men have been charged with assault with intent to cause GBH in connection with the attack.

Damien Hunt, aged 29, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, and Kieran John Rice, 21, of Oakes Meadow, Rotherham, will appear at Sheffield Crown Court this Friday, August 28.

Two other men have been bailed.