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Teenager accused of antisemitic attack in north London kept in custody

Teenager accused of antisemitic attack in north London kept in custody

Malachi Thorpe is alleged to have attacked two Orthodox Jewish men as they closed their shop for the night
A teenager accused of hitting a Jewish man with a smashed glass bottle in an antisemitic attack in north London has been remanded in custody.

Malachi Thorpe, 18, is alleged to have targeted two people – Israel Grossman and Erwin Ginsberg – as they closed up the shop they work at in Cadoxton Avenue, Haringey, on Wednesday.

He is accused of stamping on a yarmulke – a skullcap worn by Jews – and using the bottle as a weapon against one of the men.

Police were called out at about 9.50pm after receiving reports that the two men, who were described in court as both visibly Orthodox Jewish, had been attacked.

The pair were taken to a north London hospital to be treated for injuries including a broken nose, and Thorpe was arrested in Fairview Road.

He appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates court on Friday after being charged with two counts of racially aggravated actual bodily harm and one count of possessing an offensive weapon.

Thorpe, of Tottenham, spoke to confirm his details and indicate not-guilty pleas to all three charges during the 20-minute hearing.

The district judge Michael Oliver remanded Thorpe into custody before a further hearing at Wood Green crown court on 3 March.

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