Teen jailed for baseball bat killing outside mosque

A 16-year-old male who killed a man after hitting him round the head with a baseball bat outside a Birmingham mosque has been jailed for four years today after being found guilty of manslaughter.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Saleem Hassan on June 1st last year outside the Ul-Uloom Mosque in St Oswald's Road, Small Heath.

Mr Hassan was struck twice round the head with the bat after he emerged from the Birmingham mosque.

The second blow was made while he was lying motionless on the ground. He died five days later from serious head injuries.

His attacker from the Small Heath area was arrested and charged two days after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarbjit Johal, who led the investigation, said:

"This was a tragic case where a fight has gone too far and a teenager has carried out a brutal attack on his victim.

"I want to make it clear that there are no winners here one man has lost his life and a tenager, who until now had no previous criminal convictions, has thrown his away and is now facing a long stint in prison. "We hope that this sentencing can provide Mr Hassan's family with some comfort and closure."