Croydon asylum seeker attack: 13 people charged with severely beating up Reker Ahmed

Two males accused of racially aggravated grievous bodily harm

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Six more people have been charged after a teenage asylum seeker was attacked in Croydon, South London, bringing the total number of accused to 13.

Five people, including two sets of siblings, have already appeared in court in relation to what police described as a "brutal attack".

Kurdish Iranian Reker Ahmed, 17, was left with a blood clot on his brain and a fractured skull after a group beat him up at a bus stop.

All six were charged with violent disorder, including a fifteen-year-old boy.

A 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were also charged with racially aggravated grievous bodily harm. The 20-year-old was also charged with dangerous driving.

According to Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said Mr Ahmed was "starting to make a recovery", but "obviously he is going to be scarred for life as a result of the beating he sustained."

The six will appear in custody on Tuesday, 4 April at Croydon Magistrates' Court. They are:

  • Liam Neylen, 19, of Ferris Avenue, Croydon was charged with violent disorder
  • Ben Harman, 20 of Akabosi Close, Croydon, charged with violent disorder, racially aggravated grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving
  • A 15-year-old boy from the Croydon area, charged with violent disorder
  • A 17-year-old boy from the Croydon area, charged with violent disorder and racially aggravated grievous bodily harm
  • Ellie Leite, 19, of Shrublands Avenue, Croydon, charged with violent disorder
  • James Neves, 22, of no fixed address, charged with violent disorder

They will appear in court alongside a 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man who were charged with violent disorder on Monday.

To date 16 people have been arrested in connection with the incident, three of whom have been released and will face no further action.