By: Jomana Aly
Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa died on March 14 after being attacked by a gang in Nottingham three weeks earlier.
The 18-year-old Nottingham College engineering student was attacked by a gang of girls outside the Victoria Centre in the city centre on February 20 at around 8pm.
Mariam’s uncle Amr El Hariry, 46, said he believed a group of about 10 girls had started beating his niece before she ran to get on a bus. He said the girls kept beating her until she passed out and a man intervened to help. Her uncle claimed two of the girls responsible had attacked Mariam and her sister Malak four months before the fatal assault. A 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and was subsequently released on conditional bail.
Nottinghamshire Police has said there is no evidence so far to suggest the teenager’s death was the result of a hate crime, although officers are “keeping an open mind”.
The statement released by the Egyptian Embassy added: “The consul general of Egypt and the medical counsellor, as well as a representative from the embassy, were immediately dispatched to offer support and assistance to the family at this devastating time.” “The deep concern of the Egyptian public is evident and the embassy remains focused in its efforts to support and assist Mariam’s grieving family whose life has been shattered by their traumatic loss.”