Six more charged over UK asylum seeker attack

2017-04-05 07:14
The bus stop in Croydon, south London where the 17-year-old Iranian-Kurdish asylum seeker was attacked by a group of people in a suspected hate attack. (Georgina Stubbs, AP)

The bus stop in Croydon, south London where the 17-year-old Iranian-Kurdish asylum seeker was attacked by a group of people in a suspected hate attack. (Georgina Stubbs, AP)

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London - British police on Tuesday charged another six people over a suspected hate crime attack on a teenage Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker in London, bringing the total facing court to 13.

Reker Ahmed, 17, was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain after he was set upon by a group of up to 30 people at a bus stop outside a pub in Croydon, south London, on Friday.

Seven people were charged on Monday over the attack and another six were charged on Tuesday - including a 15-year-old boy. All the suspects are local to Croydon and the oldest is 24.

Smaller group

"I think this was probably confidence by numbers," Police Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said as she described the attack on Ahmed, who was with two friends at the time.

"It started off with this smaller group of people who were joined by between 20 to 30 and they just viciously attacked these people because they were asylum seekers."

All the suspects have been charged with violent disorder and three of them have also been charged with racially-aggravated grievous bodily harm.

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