THE family of the 18-year-old Egyptian student who died after a gang of teen girls attacked her at the bus stop have arrived at court today to seen them sentenced.
Mariam Moustafa suffered a stroke following the attack in Nottingham on February 20 last year which left her in a coma until she died almost a month later on March 14.
Mariah Fraser, 19, Britania Hunter, 18, and a 16-year-old girl admitted their part in the attack on April 16 before Judge Gregory Dickinson QC.
The trio will be sentenced today at Nottingham Crown Court.
Mariam’s family was pictured arriving to court ahead of the hearing.
The teen got on a bus near the Victoria Centre shopping precinct, but was followed by the gang.
It was claimed they were being threatening and abusive towards Mariam.
She was punched several times during the confrontation near a bus stop in Parliament Street at 8pm.
The engineering student was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in the city before being transferred to Nottingham City Hospital where she was treated until she died.
Mariam, who had been offered a place at university in London, was born in Rome after her family moved from Egypt in 1991.
The attack led to a diplomatic row as officials were drawn in from Egypt, Italy and the UK – amid calls the assault was racist and had not been investigated fully.
The Egyptian Embassy said it had been “closely following” the circumstances of the “vicious attack”, as her family believed it was a case of mistaken identity.
Mariam’s sister, Mallak, told The Sun they had been confronted in a separate attack by teenage girls months previously.
She said: “There were ten of them at first. She recognised them from the first attack. She tried to walk away but they started shouting and followed her.
“Mariam told me they came up to her and asked her if she was a girl with the Instagram profile name of ‘Black Rose’.”
Black Rose is thought to be a girl who looks like Mariam and had been taunting the gang on social media.
She told them it wasn’t her, but Mallak added: “They called her a liar and started hitting her — each one kept giving her a punch then stepping back, giving her a kick then stepping back.”
‘IT’S NOT FAIR’
Today’s court hearing comes after Mohamed Moustafa, her father, said he was not told of a hearing where his daughter’s attackers admitted affray.
Mr Moustafa said: “We were not informed or advised in any way, shape, or form that there was a hearing on that day.
“As a family we are entitled to know everything regarding our daughter’s case beforehand and not after.
“We should have been informed of that hearing date and time and we should have been given the opportunity to attend the hearing. This very simple right was taken from us.
“This is not the first mistake. A lot of mistakes happened with Mariam from the very first day and now it is just normal. Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes with Mariam.
“I believe it is not fair at all – because it is my daughter.
“For respect, for the people who lost their daughter… they should have informed me. It is not fair at all.
“I’m very upset. All these mistakes – nobody respects me and my family. This is another failure in the case of our daughter.”
The 51-year-old described Mariam as “very kind” and “like an angel”.
We are very disappointed with the charges pressed against the defendants
Six teens in total had been charged with affray but three had denied it in October and were due to stand trial in April.
However, Fraser, Hunter, 18, and the 16-year-old girl, admitted their part in the attack.
The three other teenage girls, two aged 17 and one aged 18 admitted affray at Nottingham Youth Court last year.
The case was able to be reported after restrictions were lifted by District Judge Timothy Spruce.
Mr Moustafa also described affray as “very weak” – insisting there was “strong evidence” the defendants should have been tried on more serious charges.
He said: “We are very disappointed with the charges pressed against the defendants.
“It was not and is not what we expected. It’s unfair and unjust to charge those whom killed or, at least by their actions, led to (Mariam’s) death with such minor offences. It is very weak. It is not fair at all.
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“From the first day I was very upset about the charge. Affray – it’s nothing.
“I’m sorry, the charge is very stupid, very weak. It’s not strong enough.”
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