Reker Ahmed: Gang accused of hate attack on asylum seeker in Croydon appear in court

Fiona Simpson
Left critically injured: Asylum seeker Reker Ahmed

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.

Victim Reker Ahmed, a 17-year-old Kurdish Iranian living in south-east London, was chased and set upon while at a bus stop with two others in Croydon, south London, on March 31.

He was left with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and bleed to the brain.

Reker Ahmed in hospital following the attack

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.

Police: Six people have been arrested (London Live)

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.

Forensics comb the scene of the attack (PA)

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.”

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