Suspects charged in London mob beating of teen asylum-seeker
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 14:37
British police say as many as 30 people may have been involved in an attack on a 17-year-old Iranian-Kurdish asylum-seeker in south London.
Det Supt Corrigan said police were still seeking others in connection with the incident and released CCTV images of two young men sought for questioning.
The suspected hate attack, which took place at a bus stop in Croydon on Friday, reportedly took place after the assailants established that the 17-year-old victim was foreign.
The teenager was badly beaten by a group of around 20 people while he was at a bus stop with two friends outside a pub in Croydon on Friday night.
The teen has been hospitalized with a fractured skull and a blood clot on the brain but police say he is starting to make a recovery and may be moved Monday out of intensive care.
The total number of arrests in the investigation is now 16.
"I think this was probably confidence by numbers", said Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan.
Authorities have charged six more people in the vicious beating of an asylum-seeker in south London.
The boy remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, not believed to be life-threatening.
"Thankfully we anticipate that he will recover from injuries but this horrific incident will no doubt have a lasting impact on him", she said.
Police are treating the attack as a hate crime.
A Croydon resident, 36-year-old Poshtivan Rahim, told the Guardian he had seen the victim in the area at least two or three times.
The Prime Minister echoed the comments of local Tory MP Gavin Barwell, who branded the attackers "cowardly and despicable scum".
Four of them have been charged with violent disorder and the other charged with violent disorder and causing grievous bodily harm. Detectives said another eight, including two boys aged 15 and 17 and a 17-year-old girl, would appear on court accused of the same offence on Tuesday.
He said it was "an appalling crime" and "completely out of character" for Croydon.
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.
DCI Jane Corrigan said Reker had no family in the United Kingdom and detectives were trying to track down his relatives in Iran.
The attack was quickly condemned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.