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Detention for racist youth who attacked pensioner

A 16-year-old who carried out a racist attack on a pensioner outside a mosque in Ayrshire has been given three years' detention.

Samuel Cassidy, of Bishopton, Renfrewshire, admitted racially-aggravated assault to severe injury.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Muhammed Iqbal, 71, suffered severe facial injuries and was left unconscious during the attack in July.

Mr Iqbal was described as a "pillar of the community" for more than 40 years.

The retired shopkeeper had been opening up Ayrshire Central Mosque in Kilmarnock for early morning prayers shortly before 02:00 when Cassidy attacked him, calling him a "Paki bastard".

Witnesses said the assault lasted about 10 minutes, with Cassidy continuing to kick and stamp on Mr Iqbal while he lay unconscious.

'Elderly gentleman'

Cassidy ran off before two more worshippers arrived on the scene. One was a doctor who gave first aid while an ambulance was called.

Mr Iqbal was taken to Crosshouse Hospital and was kept in hospital for several days for treatment.

Cassidy later boasted about the attack in a text message.

Dr Shaheen Mirza, vice-chairman of Ayrshire Central Mosque, said after the incident: "It is a sad day when an elderly gentleman of any community is viciously attacked.

"How you treat your elderly is a gauge of the community's civility you live in."

Sheriff Iona McDonald sentenced Cassidy to three years' detention.

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