Teachers at an Islamic school who beat a terrified 10-year-old boy with sticks for failing to recite the Koran are jailed

Islamic school teachers who beat a 10-year-old pupil so brutally he started losing his hair with worry have each been jailed for a year.

Mohammed Siddique, aged 60, and his 24-year-old son Mohammed Waqar were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today after admitting wilful cruelty to the boy during lessons.

Judge Mark Wall QC told the pair he had considered suspending the jail term but ‘it would not be right to do so’, adding a message must be sent that such ‘brutality’ could not be tolerated.