Islamic school teachers who brutally beat a 10-year-old pupil until he lost his hair from worry have each been jailed for a year.
Mohammed Siddique (60) and his 24-year-old son Mohammed Waqar were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday after admitting wilful cruelty to the boy in lessons.
Judge Mark Wall QC told the pair "it would not be right" to suspend the jail terms, because a message had to be sent that such "brutality" had no place in classrooms.
Their victim was beaten with a plastic stick and given back-handed slaps by tutors for "talking in the classroom" or failing to properly recite the Koran at Sparkbrook Islamic centre, attached to the Jamia Mosque, in Anderton Road, Birmingham.
The assaults happened on four separate occasions, with photographs of the boy's injuries showing "extensive" bruising to the backs of his legs.