Dad of five left in coma after being attacked in the street – after he spent three years reporting anti social behavior outside his house to police
This is the dad left in fighting for his life in a coma after he was smashed in the face with a BRICK on his way to the shops – after reporting gangs taking drugs outside his home.
Mahmoud Hussein, 46, is in a critical condition after he was left with serious head injuries, including a broken jaw and fractured eye socket after the attack as he walked to the pharmacist near his home in Stechford, Birmingham, on December 20th.
And West Midlands Police are now probing whether the attack is linked to a series of complaints he made to cops about a gang of men he believed to be dealing drugs outside his house.
His devastated wife, Eman, said: “We’re absolutely devastated. I’m praying every minute of every day for him to open his eyes.”
His brother-in-law, Nadel Arif, 48, said: “Mahmoud is a real family man, he has no enemies and we can’t believe someone has done this to him.
“Over the past three years or so, there have been three or four young men hanging around where the family lives doing and dealing drugs. Mahmoud has tried to reason with them in the past as any responsible neighbour would do but to no avail.
“He’s called the police on several occasions but nothing ever came of it. He called two days before the attack to complain, not only about drug-use but also because they were being so loud. They were keeping his children awake but, again, nothing came of the complaint.
“As he walked to the pharmacy he was attacked. We’re worried that it might be some sort of sick revenge.
Land Rover worker Mahmoud was attacked outside shops in Stud Lane, Birmingham as he went to pick up a prescription.
He underwent brain surgery four days ago, but has not yet woken from his coma.
He and his wife of 15 years, Eman, came to the UK eight years ago, from Palestine, to flee violence on the West Bank.
The couple have five children- the oldest is their 14-year-old son Anas, followed by the couple’s only daughter Roua, 11, then schoolboy Malik, 7, four-year-old Muhammed and the couple’s youngest child is baby Ibrahim, who is just nine-months-old.
Nadel added: “Mahmoud has always been a peaceful man and has really immersed himself in the local community.
“As far as I’m aware he’s never fallen out with anybody, he’s very well respected and always makes an effort to talk to people.
“He lives for his children. He works really hard to provide for them and, in free time, he teaches them maths.
“This is a cold-hearted attempt to destroy the family. His children adore him. The last few days have been so painful because they keep asking about where their father is.
“They’re his pride and joy. We’re all hoping and praying that this attack won’t take him away from them.”
Police have described the offender as a white male in his early 20s with brown hair wearing a light blue jacket, jeans and trainers. He is believed to have made his way on foot towards the nearby shops.
Police are yet to make any arrests over the attack on the hard-working dad, who had previously reported concerns over anti-social behaviour, including drug taking, near his home.
Detective Inspector Nick Dale, based in Chelmsley Wood, believes people in the neighbourhood know who was behind the attack.
Officers believe one person may be behind the attack and they are keen to speak to a man, white and aged in his 20s, who was wearing a blue coat.
DI Dale said: “The level of violence shocked not only the family but officers dealing with it. We suspect that members of the community will know who committed this offence. If that’s the case then it’s likely people are keeping that information and keeping the individual away from police attention.
“This is an appeal that anybody with any information about who has done this and where they are, comes forward and speaks to police about it.
“We don’t know what the motivation for it is, it seems to be an assault that came out of the blue.
“We are aware of concerns raised by residents of anti-social behaviour with youths gathering at the block of flats, causing a nuisance and taking drugs. These concerns were being looked at by the local neighbourhood team which is working with residents to resolve the issue.
“Our records show there have been eight calls made to us by Mr Hussein since 2012 relating to concerns of drug taking at the flats.
“The serious assault on Mr Hussein was not near his home address but some distance away whilst he was on a shopping trip; there is nothing to suggest the anti-social behaviour is linked to the assault though clearly it does form part of our enquiries.”