'Happy Slapping' Gang Pair Admit Killing OAP


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Two teenage members of a "happy slapping" gang have admitted killing a retired care worker in front of his three-year-old granddaughter.


Ekram Haque was hit twice over the head by the teenage gang

Ekram Haque, 67, was walking home from a mosque in Tooting, south west London, last August when he was attacked by the gang which called themselves Lane Gang Productions.

Mr Haque died from a head injury a week later.

His granddaughter was unhurt in the incident.


kram Haque's granddaughter Marian

The youths, aged 15 and 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at the Old Bailey where they pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

They also admitted assaults on four other people before Mr Haque's death.

Another 15-year-old pleaded guilty to the other assaults which caused actual bodily harm. He denies manslaughter.

The Lane Gang Productions targeted vulnerable people in an area where a large number of Asian people lived.

CCTV footage shows two of the teenagers striking Mr Haque from the front and back, and the third running off with them.

Detectives also recovered at least six videos of "happy slapping" incidents taken from mobile phones.

No mobile evidence was recovered relating to the attacks in the charges and detectives are unable to say they were "happy slapping" incidents - only an escalation of their behaviour.

Brian Altman QC, prosecuting told the court: "There was evidence available to us to from mobile telephones of so-called Happy Slap-type activity in the week leading up to these events."

He added that Mr Haque's death had resulted from an elderly and vulnerable man, minding his own business, being attacked, falling to the ground and suffering a head injury.

Judge Stephens remanded all three in custody until July 23 for sentencing.