A 64-year-old man was left unconscious after he was allegedly punched by a man accused of unprovoked attacks on five Jewish people in north London, a court has heard.
Abdullah Qureshi, 28, allegedly carried out a spate of assaults in the Stamford Hill area over two hours on August 18, Thames Magistrates’ Court heard.
He has been charged with one count of racially or religiously aggravated wounding or grievous bodily harm, four counts of racially or religiously aggravated common assault and one count of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage.
The court was told Qureshi is alleged to have “struck a victim in the side of the head before walking off” at 6.40pm, before hitting another person “in the face with a bottle” two minutes later.
Qureshi is also accused of having “assaulted an unidentified person in a supermarket”, and a fourth victim in the street, who police have identified as a 14-year-old boy.
The court heard that at around 8.30pm, Qureshi allegedly “punched” a fifth person, who police say is aged 64, leaving him unconscious.
The man was treated at Homerton Hospital for injuries to his face.
The judge described the allegations against Qureshi, of Park Road in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, as “very serious” and remanded him in custody.
A trial date was set for Snaresbrook Crown Court on October 1.
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