The Al Majid family's hope for justice brightened yesterday following the pressing of charges against two young men who were part of a group that brutally assaulted Qatari student Mohammed Al Majid in Hastings, East Sussex last month.
Mohammed, 16, died on August 24, two days after suffering a serious head injury when he fell and hit the pavement during the assault. Members of the Al Majid family had disputed the investigator's claim that Mohammed's head injury resulted from the fall. "He was brutally assaulted and pushed," Mohammed's uncle Ghazi Al Majid had told The Peninsula a few days after the incident.
According to news reports from London, the local police have charged Paul Rockett, 20, with racially aggravated common assault against one of the group Mohammed was with outside the USA Fried Chicken and Kebab House in Hastings.
The second youth, Alexander Quinn, 18, has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in connection with an alleged assault on one of Mohammed's friends.
Quinn, of Mountbatten Close, Hastings, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday and was granted conditional bail to appear at Lewes Crown Court on January 23.
Rockett, of Ham Lane, Burwash, was granted conditional bail and will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on October 15, a Sussex Police spokesman said. The charges do not specifically relate to the death of Mohammed but instead to a series of events that took place leading up to Mohammed becoming injured, police said.
Mohammed who was studying English at EF International Language Schools in White Rock, Hastings, was with friends close to the USA Fried Chicken and Kebab House when the row is said to have broken out.
Reports that Mohammed was kicked or stamped on were discounted by Sussex Police.