Man, 28, 'struck victim on the head' before 'hitting another with a bottle' in string of attacks on Jewish community

A MAN allegedly struck a victim on the head before hitting another with a bottle in a string of attacks on the Jewish community, a court has heard.

Abdullah Qureshi, 28, allegedly carried out a spate of assaults on five Jewish people in Stamford Hill, North London over two hours on August 18.

A 64-year-old man was left unconscious after he was allegedly punched by Qureshi, Thames Magistrates' Court heard.

Qureshi 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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