Thirteen people accused of a suspected hate attack that left a teenage asylum seeker fighting for his life in hospital will go on trial later this year.
The mixed-sex group - who are aged between 15 and 24 - each denied one charge of violent disorder when they appeared before Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday.
He was left with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and bleed to the brain.
Two defendants - George Walder, 20, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named due to his age - each denied an additional charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The other defendants - all from the local area - are: siblings Danyelle Davies, 24, and Daryl Davies, 20; Kyran Evans, 23; Ben Harman, 20; Ellie Leite, 19; James Neves, 22; Liam Neylen, 19; Barry Potts, 20; and Jack Walder, 24.
Two further defendants, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, cannot be identified for legal reasons.
George Walder was remanded in custody while the other 12 defendants were released on conditional bail.
The case was adjourned for a further administrative hearing later this month, before being listed for trial in October.
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told judge Adam Hiddleston the case would likely be broken down into two separate trials.
Following the attack Mohammed Qardi, 22, said he had seen Mr Ahmed a number of times at the Middle East Shisha tea house in West Croydon.
He told the Standard: “He’s a quiet person, he’s not really talking to everybody. You can see people from their face - he’s not a bad guy, he’s not looking for trouble.
“He was going to college, coming back, going home. Or sometimes he would come here, play some dominoes, drink something, and then go.”