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Small Heath mosque attack: Boy, 16, sentenced to four years

The scene in St Oswald's Road following the attack
Image caption The victim suffered serious head injuries in the attack outside the mosque in Small Heath

A boy has been detained for four years after attacking a man with a baseball bat outside a Birmingham mosque.

Saleem Hassan, 21, died in June from serious head injuries following the attack near the Noor-Ul-Uloom Mosque in Small Heath.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, had denied a charge of murder but was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court in November.

He was sentenced on Friday.

West Midlands Police said Mr Hassan was struck twice on the head, once when he was "motionless on the floor".

He died five days later in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Following the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Sarbjit Johal, 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."

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