Two to face court over 'hate crime' targeting asylum seeker

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A 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man will appear in court charged in connection with a suspected hate crime that left a teenage asylum seeker fighting for his life.

The teenager and Kyran Evans, both from the Croydon area, are accused of violent disorder.

They will appear in custody at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London.

Kurdish Iranian Reker Ahmed, 17, was chased and subjected to what police described as a "brutal attack" after a group of people discovered he was an asylum seeker.

He was set upon while at a bus stop with two others, Dilshad Mohammed, an Iraqi Kurd, and Hamo Mustafa, in Croydon on Friday night.

Approximately 20 people were involved in the incident, police said, which left Reker with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and a bleed on his brain.

On Monday people, including two sets of siblings, appeared in court on Monday charged with violent disorder.

Daryl Davis, 20, Danyelle Davis, 24, Barry Potts, 20, George Walder, 20, and Jack Walder, 24, all from Croydon, spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth, and addresses during the short hearing.

George Walder was also charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.

Potts, Jack Walder and siblings Danyelle and Daryl Davis were released on conditional bail.

George Walder was remanded in custody.