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Death of teenager after “racially-aggravated” attack by gang of ten in Nottingham

Death of teenager after “racially-aggravated” attack by gang of ten in Nottingham

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Friday March 16 2018

A teenager passed away on Wednesday, on the 14th of March 2016, after being left in a coma from an assault by a gang of ten women in Nottingham in late February.

Ms Mariam Moustafa Abdel Salam, who was a student at Central College in Beeston, was reportedly walking alone when she became the victim of the unprovoked and vicious attack.

Ms Salam’s mother, Ms Nessrin Shehat, said: “She managed to get up and run towards one of the buses, but they went after her and started to beat her again. Just one man tried to defend her, but no one else tried to interfere”.

It is alleged that Ms Salaam was verbally abused and punched several times which caused a bleed on the brain and a stroke during the brutal attack.

Ms Shehat added that her daughter was previously targeted by the same perpetrators before and that the police had failed to follow up their complaints.

Ms Salam’s sister, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “We are very upset about what has happened…She [Ms Salam] is such a kind, ambitious person and one who was running after her dreams of being an engineer…We don’t understand who would do this to her, she is very quiet and never gets involved in many problems”.

Ms Salam’s lawyer, Mr Emad Abu Hussein from the Egyptian embassy, also spoke out about what Ms Salam had suffered and questioned her initial quick discharge from hospital.

Ms Salam was sent back home only five hours after her arrival. She was re-admitted after her health started to drastically deteriorate at home.

Detective Chief Inspector, Mr Mat Healey, of Nottinghamshire Police said: “Our thoughts are with the woman’s family, who we are giving support to at this difficult time…Our investigation is ongoing and extensive inquiries have already been completed but we’re urging anyone with any information that could help us with our inquiries to get in touch with us as soon as possible”.

It is important that anyone who believes they are in immediate danger from a prejudice-based hate crime should contact the police as soon as possible on 999. If not in immediate danger, or if you have suffered a prejudice-based hate crime in the past, then you can report it using the non-emergency number 101.

You can also – in addition to the police – report any Islamophobic hate crime to MEND’s Islamophobia Response Unit (IRU) here. This allows us to monitor levels of abuse and compile accurate data on the levels of Islamophobia.

The IRU can also help you contact and deal with the police (if you choose to do so), and signpost you towards free legal advice and emotional support that may be available.

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