Man charged with stabbing boy near Birmingham mosque

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BIRMINGHAM: A man has been charged with attempted murder after a 15-year-old boy Syed Hassan Abbas was stabbed near a mosque in Birmingham. Dominic Palmer from the Small Heath area of the city appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday after being arrested around 10 hours after the attack.

Syed Hassan Abbas

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered life threatening injuries in the attack around the corner from the Idara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque – where he was a member of the congregation – at around 1am on Saturday. The 29-year-old, who is unemployed, has been remanded in custody ahead of his first appearance at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, of West Midlands Police, said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. We’ve since learnt that the boy only celebrated his 15th birthday two days before the attack.

“Our investigation is continuing as we work to establish the circumstances of what happened so that we can provide his family with the answers they need. I would ask anyone with information to come forward,” he added.

Any witness or anyone with information has been asked call police on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers continue to keep an open mind about the motive of the attack, however at this stage it is not believed that this is linked to hate crime.

Site near the Idara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque where the crime was occurred

Superintendent Mat Shaer from Birmingham Police, said: “We continue to work closely with the local community and have increased our local police presence in the area to provide reassurance and be on hand to answer any questions or concerns that people may have. I want to thank the community for their continued support and understanding during what I know has been a difficult time.

“We will not tolerate people who carry weapons on our streets. It is really important that we tackle all violence together so if you see something or hear about someone who is planning to use violence against others, we need to know so we can try to do something about it.

“Our priority is to protect members of the community from people who carry weapons or commit crime. If you have any information call officers on 101,” he emphasised.