WALES: Disgraced paedophile Koran teacher died after being found collapsed in his cell, inquest hears

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Disgraced paedophile Koran teacher died after being found collapsed in his cell, inquest hears​

Mohammed Sadiq died in January 2020, and his funeral took place at Madina Mosque, in Cardiff, where he had abused four children

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  • 17:49, 23 MAR 2022
  • Updated17:56, 23 MAR 2022

Mohammed Sadiq (Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)
A disgraced paedophile Koran teacher died after being found collapsed in his prison cell, an inquest has heard.

Mohammed Sadiq was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2017 after being convicted of six counts of indecent assault and eight counts of sexual assault on a child under 13.

The charges involved four victims and related to the period between 1996 and 2006 when Sadiq taught the Koran to young children at the Madina Mosque, which was at the time in Woodville Road, Cardiff. He was found not guilty of one count of indecent assault following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court in June 2017.

His sentence was later reduced to nine years on appeal in December of the same year. An appeal against his conviction was rejected.

A spokesman for G4S confirmed 83-year-old Sadiq, from Lake Road East in Cyncoed, died on January 8, 2020. His funeral later took place at Madina Mosque, which is now located in Lucas Street in Cathays. You can read more about that here.

On Wednesday, March 23 an inquest at Pontypridd Coroner's Court heard that Sadiq died at hospital after having collapsed in his prison cell on November 18, 2019. He was admitted to ward four at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend where he was confirmed to be in cardiac arrest.


Mohammed Sadiq targeted girls in his Koran classes (Image: Wales News Service)
Presenting evidence at court Assistant Coroner Dr Sarah Richards said: "He had no pulse detected on admission. He was diagnosed as being in cardiac arrest.

"He had two rounds of CPR."

The inquest was told Sadiq then had a pace-maker fitted, was treated for sepsis and also tested positive for Hepatitis B. It was noted that the medical cause of death provided to the court was sepsis, hospital-acquired pneumonia and heart failure.

Sadiq had also previously spoke of issues he faced with shortness of breath while he was in prison, and he was seen by doctors several times since he began to serve his sentence. The inquest was also told he experienced memory problems due to old age.

Referring to statements provided to the coroner's office Dr Richards said: "the standard of health care provided at Park was good." Dr Richards also summarised evidence from a report conducted by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales where she noted: "Her Majesty's Park Prison provided good health care to Mr Sadiq."

Mohammed Sadiq arriving at Cardiff police station

Mohammed Sadiq arriving at Cardiff police station (Image: Wales News Service)
The hearing was told both the prison and the hospital provided appropriate health care, and no recommendations were made as to how a death of this kind could be prevented in the future. Dr Richards accepted this evidence when concluding the inquest.

Dr Richards said: "Mohammed Sadiq, aged 83, had a history of ischaemic heart disease. He was serving a sentence at HMP.

"On November 18, 2019 he was found unresponsive in his cell. He was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

"A pace-maker was fitted. He died on January 8, 2020. I'm going to give a short form conclusion of natural causes. Our condolences are expressed to his family."