Kurdish asylum seeker Reker Ahmed was left with “life-altering” injuries after a brutal beating in Croydon on March 31
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Three British men were found guilty of participating in a violent attack on Kurdish asylum seeker Reker Ahmed, while another pleaded guilty.
George Walder, 23, and Lliam Neylon, 19, were convicted of two counts of violent disorder, while Kurt Killick, 18, was also convicted of the same charge but acquitted of causing grievous bodily arm. The three reside and were judged by a jury on Thursday in Croydon, south of London where the beating took place.
James Neves, 23, pleaded guilty to violent disorder before the trial.
Another three defendants were acquitted of two counts of violent disorder.
Sentencing will occur at a date yet to be set.
It was revealed in the trial that one of the attackers yelled at Ahmed during the assault: “You are asylum seekers, you are refugees, you have to go back to your country."
A passerby pleaded with the group to halt the beating, yelling: "Stop. You're killing him," The Guardian reported on the six-week trial.
Ahmed is a Kurd from Iran. He was 17 when the attack occurred in March
and had been in the United Kingdom for less than a year. He was attending college.
Two friends, Dilshad Mohammed and Hamo Mustafa, escaped the attack which left Ahmed with "life-altering" injuries.
People around the world helped to raise £59,006
to offset his medical and other needs in an online crowd-funded campaign.
The attack occurred amidst a wave of anti-immigration rallies across the country after the March 22 terrorist attack on Westminster.