DISGRACED trustee Abdul Sahid faces being banned from Worcester Central Mosque having assaulted its secretary.

Abdul Sahid, 54, of Northfield Street, Worcester, was found guilty of assaulting Saiful Islam at the mosque on Lowesmoor, Worcester, when he appeared at Kidderminster Magistrates Court on June 1.

Sahid was fined £311, ordered to pay £100 compensation, a victim surcharge of £34 and £500 court costs.

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After the case, Mr Islam revealed he had felt unable to return to a place of worship that he had helped to launch, fund and run since the assault in September 2020 but chairman Ruhal Hussain, who witnessed the incident, is determined to change that.

“He (Mr Islam) was bullied and assaulted by beating,” acknowledged Mr Hussain.

“We are going to have a meeting of the trustees and board, we are going to sit down because Mr Sahid has a criminal conviction now and you cannot be a trustee if you have a conviction.

“Abusing someone like that is not acceptable and if all the trustees agree we will have to ban Mr Sahid from the mosque and we would like Mr Islam to come back.

“It was shocking, disgusting behaviour. He hit him in the face without any reason and I don’t understand why he did it.”

Asked why Sahid had not been suspended while justice was being served, Mr Hussain said he had “not heard anything back” from the trustees despite having asked for the suspension “three or four times”.

Put to him that nine months represented a long time for Mr Islam to be away from his place of worship, Mr Hussain replied: “That’s right but the trustees have not suspended him. I do not know why, I don’t have the power to suspend him.

“I asked Saiful (Mr Islam) to follow up on what’s happening but they had not got back to him.”

Mr Hussain said the trustees had since indicated “they will have a chat to Mr Sahid” and that a meeting to resolve the matter should take place “this week or next week”.