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'Happy slapping' youths detained for fatal attack

Two boys who fatally beat a pensioner outside a south London mosque in front of his three-year-old granddaughter have been detained.

Ekram Haque, 67, was attacked in August 2009 in Tooting as he left a mosque. He died from his injuries a week later.

Leon Elcock, 16, and Hamza Lyzai, 15, both members of a "happy slapping gang", had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June at the Old Bailey.

Elcock was detained for four-and-a half years and Lyzai for three-and-a-half.

Guy Smith's report begins with graphic images of the incident, released with the consent of Mr Haque's family.

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  • 26 Jul 2010
  • From the section England