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Beckenham man appears in court over 'hate attack' on teenage asylum seeker in Croydon

PUBLISHED: 12:36 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 05 April 2017

James Neves (right), 22, leaving Croydon Magistrates' Court, where he is amongst a group who are charged with violent disorder over the March 31 assault of  17 year-old Kurdish Iranian Reker Ahmed. Yui Mok/PA Wire

James Neves (right), 22, leaving Croydon Magistrates' Court, where he is amongst a group who are charged with violent disorder over the March 31 assault of 17 year-old Kurdish Iranian Reker Ahmed. Yui Mok/PA Wire

The teenager was put into an induced coma

Eight more people, including a 15-year-old boy, have appeared in court over a suspected hate attack which left a teenage asylum seeker fighting for his life.

Kurdish Iranian Reker Ahmed, 17, was chased and set upon while at a bus stop with two others in Croydon, south London, on Friday night.

He was left with a fractured spine, fractured eye socket and bleed to the brain, and is now recovering after being placed in an induced coma.

James Neves, 22, from Beckenham appeared at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with violent disorder.

Neves, Liam Neylen, 19, Ellie Leite, 19, Kyran Evans, 23, all from Croydon, spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and dates of birth.

A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, both from the Croydon area, were charged with violent disorder.

A third youth, a 17-year-old boy from the Croydon area, was charged with violent disorder and wounding with intent.

All eight defendants were granted conditional bail and magistrate Terry Carpenter sent the case for trial at Croydon Crown Court on May 2.

It takes the total amount of suspects accused of involvement with the attack to 13, after five people, including two sets of siblings, appeared in court on Monday.

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