UK Man Set on Fire By Schizophrenic Migrant, Family Demands Answers

A man’s son has raised the issue of whether his dad’s assailant had any business being in the UK after he was set on fire near a mosque.

After attacking Hashi Odowa, 82, and Mohammed Rayaz, 72, in London and Birmingham last year, Mohammed Abbkr, a Sudanese man with schizophrenia, was sent to a mental institution.

Mohammed Ayaz, Mr. Rayaz’s son, expressed his curiosity about whether sufficient checks were conducted before granting Abbkr, 29, permission to stay in the country.

Each asylum claim is evaluated thoroughly, according to the Home Office.

The incidents in Ealing and Edgbaston, recorded on CCTV in February and March last year, resulted in Abbkr’s conviction.

After consulting with several doctors, Abbkr finally got permanent residency in the UK in 2019. He arrived in 2017 and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

The victims’ loved ones shared their stories in impact statements, detailing the mental and bodily harm that the tragedy had inflicted on them.

Mr. Ayaz, 38, shared the horrific picture of his father’s wounds with the world in the hopes that it would serve as a deterrent to further assaults.

Despite the early involvement of counter-terror authorities, the assaults were not deemed to be connected to terrorism.

According to Mr. Ayaz, his father would need two years to fully recuperate from his physical injuries, on top of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

While testifying as a victim impact statement on Wednesday, he informed the court that his father’s beautiful white beard had been preserved for twenty years before its destruction by fire.

According to Mr. Rayaz’s family, justice had only been partly served. They believed a jail term would have been more fitting in response to Wednesday’s sentencing.

According to Mr. Ayaz, he wondered whether Abbkr had to undergo any medical evaluation before being given permission to stay.

Additionally, the son demanded to know why Abbkr had evaded capture after the first assault and cast doubt on the efficacy of the investigation by the Metropolitan Police. The government should investigate ways to secure houses of worship and discourage violent activities, according to Mr. Ayaz.

Asylum petitions were determined in compliance with immigration regulations, according to a representative from the Home Office.