Seven charged over Croydon attack on teenage asylum seeker
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 8:33
A 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian boy suffered a fractured skull and blood clot on his brain after being attacked by up to 30 thugs at a bus stop in Croydon, south-east London.
The group spoke only to confirm their names and addresses during the short hearing at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Monday afternoon.
"It is understood that the suspects asked the victim where he was form and when they established that he was an asylum-seeker, they chased him and launched a brutal attack", police investigator Gary Castle said.
London [U.K.], April 3 (ANI): Five people have been charged in connection with a brutal attack on a teenage asylum-seeker in London that left him with serious head injuries, CNN reports.
Up to 30 people were involved and 16 arrests have been made over the attack that's thought to be a hate crime, the Guardian reports.
As the investigation has progressed, police have increased their estimates of the number of people involved.
The seven people charged are aged 17 to 24 and live locally, while police anticipate making further arrests.
Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24 - all from Croydon - have been charged with violent disorder.
She said Reker, who was identified in court as the main victim, along with friends Dilshad Mohammed and Hamo Mustafa, was being moved out of intensive care after "starting to make a recovery".
Neighbours claimed up to 20 people watched while the 17-year-old was kicked and beaten on the ground during the attack on Friday.
Two were released without charge and seven remain in custody in addition to the seven charged.
Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell earlier called the perpetrators of the attack "scum" and urged the public to contact police with any information.
The "close-knit community" has been left shocked by the ferocity of the attack, he added, and extra officers have been out and about to reassure people.
"I think this was probably confidence by numbers", Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said.
"It's an appalling crime and I hope the people responsible are caught quickly and receive the full force of British justice".
A JustGiving page set up to support Kurdish Iranian who was attacked in Croydon has reached over £8,000.