A man has been jailed after a religious scholar was killed in Rochdale - 2016



Greater Manchester Police
16 September 2016


A man has been jailed after a religious scholar was killed in Rochdale.

Mohammed Hussain Syeedy (11/10/1994) of Ramsay Street, Rochdale has today, Friday 16 September 2016, been convicted of the murder of Jalal Uddin. He has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

On Thursday 18 February 2016, Jalal, 72, left a friend’s house on South Street, Wardleworth and began walking home; cutting through a play-area at the end of the street.

Unbeknownst to Jalal, he was being followed by Mohammed Syeedy in his Vauxhall Astra.

Syeedy pulled up close to the entrance of the play-area and a second man got out and followed Jalal into the park.

It is believed that this man then attacked Jalal with a hammer causing horrific head injuries.

In the meantime, Syeedy drove to the other side of the play-area where the other man emerged from a different entrance and got into the car. The pair then drove away.

Mr Uddin was found injured by passers-by a short time later. He was taken to hospital but he sadly died that night.

The motive for the murder centred on Jalal’s practice of ‘Taweez’, which some followers of Islam believe can bring good luck and protect them from harm.

It is believed that Mohammed Syeedy and others disagreed with the use of Taweez and the motivation for killing Mr Uddin was born out of a hatred and intolerance of this practice.

In the months prior to the victim’s death, Syeedy and others closely monitored his movements; culminating in the tragic events of the evening of 18 February 2016.

Following the murder, police enquiries found what appeared to be extremist style material and established that one of the men believed to be involved had fled the country.

Due to the materials found and international element of the investigation, the expertise of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit was sought.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “First and foremost I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jalal Uddin. He was taken away from his loved ones in what was, quite frankly, a brutal and horrific attack on a lone man.

“Although Mohammed Syeedy may not have delivered the fatal blow to Mr Uddin, it is clear that he played an integral role in the murder.

“This has been a long and delicate investigation, with a team of detectives working meticulously to fully establish exactly what happened to Jalal and I want to thank them for their work.

“I would also like to thank the local community for the patience and support they have shown us throughout this investigation. Their assistance and understanding has been a vital part of this process and they have been a credit to the town of Rochdale.

“I hope the outcome here today will bring some closure to Jalal’s family and help them continue to rebuild their lives following their tragic loss.”