An 18-year-old girl who died after being attacked in front of dozens of people slipped into a coma before police had a chance to interview her because no witnesses reported it.
Six girls attacked student Mariam Moustafa on bus near Nottingham city centre, but the victim’s father has revealed nobody bothered to call the police, stalling their investigation.
Mariam Moustafa was in a coma by the time officers were told about her ordeal and they were therefore unable to ask for her version of events.
The last photo of Mariam Moustafa, (left) an engineering student, two weeks before she was left in a coma (right) after she was jumped by a group of female yobs. She died from her injuries on Wednesday
Her 50-year-old father, Mohamed Moustafa, is baffled as to why nobody reported the gang’s attack on a bus, which is believed to have resulted from mistaken identity.
‘I don’t understand why nobody rang the police,’ he said. ‘So many people witnessed the attack on my daughter, including the bus driver who called an ambulance for her, but nobody informed the police about it until I rang them the next day. It is very strange.’
The Nottingham College engineering student collapsed on the No 27 after she was attacked.
Mariam’s father Mohamed (pictured) said he was ‘very happy’ to see a large crowd gather in the market square to hold a vigil for his daughter. Mr Moustafa, 50, told the crowd: ‘Thank you to everyone who has come for my daughter, I really appreciate it. Many friends from many countries have come here for her. We need justice’
The teenager (pictured) had been shopping in Nottingham city centre before she was assaulted
After tormenting her Mariam, the thugs followed her onto the No 27 near Nottingham city centre to set upon her on the vehicle’s top deck. They only broke off when the driver pulled over and came upstairs to confront them.
But Mr Moustafa – who was not present – says police only found out about the incident when he called them himself the next day.
The Egyptian is demanding to know why the police weren’t told about his daughter sooner.
‘I don’t want this to happen to anybody else’s child,’ he said. ‘And there is something very wrong when an attack is witnessed by crowds of people and nobody steps in to help or even rings the police.
‘The bus driver did go upstairs to stop what was happening but Mariam wanted him to throw the girls off the bus. I understand he would not do this because they had paid their fare.
‘Later when she collapsed he rang the ambulance but still did not ring the police. Mariam told the ambulance that she had been punched, that she had a heart condition and was not well but they did not ring the police either. Nor did the hospital.
The teenager had been shopping in Nottingham city centre before she was assaulted by the women
‘They could have spoken to Mariam had they known, taken a statement because she could have told them what happened.
‘It was not until the next day that I rang them and the day after that they sent an officer round to speak to us.’
Mr Moustafa brought his family to Britain four years ago after they had been living in Italy. Mariam, who only had half a heart, was discharged from Queen’s Medical Centre on February 20, the same day she was attacked.
But her conditioned worsened after she was sent home and the next day she slipped into a coma. She died three weeks later.
Mr Moustafa added: ‘I am sure the bus driver was doing what he was supposed to do but why couldn’t he call the police for them to come and arrest these girls. If they had been at the scene they could have spoken to Mariam.’
In a statement released last week, Nottingham City Transport lauded their driver for his intervention.
Their statement said: ‘We would like to publicly recognise our driver, who went upstairs to intervene and acted as a barrier between the attackers and the young lady, after he asked them to leave the bus.’
Mariam (right) with her mother Nessrin Shehata, who claimed that her daughter had been assaulted by the same thugs four months before but police in Nottingham ‘did nothing’.
The Sun on Sunday understands that the girl gang did leave the bus before Mariam collapsed but of their own accord.
Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that the first they heard of the incident was the day after it happened.
They say they have arrested one 17-year-old on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She has been released on conditional bail.
Further tests are being conducted following an inconclusive post-mortem.
The police have been criticised by the family for failing to properly investigate an earlier attack in a park in August, allegedly by two members of the same gang, which left Mariam with a broken leg.
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