A man has been charged following a brutal attack in Harlow, Essex. An 18 year old British Pakistani man was assaulted by a group of white men in the town’s Ladyshot estate on Thursday 3 October.
He was hospitalised and has had an operation to insert a metal plate in his head as his skull was damaged. He also has serious neck injuries. Police have arrested and charged a local 20 year old man.
Kieron Mulkay has been remanded in custody to appear in court on 16 December. He was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent in connection with the assault.
Essex police say they are treating the crime as a racial incident. They have put out an appeal for help in finding two other suspects.
The victim’s family have asked not to be named for fear of racist reprisals. His cousin told Socialist Worker, “We are pleased that there has been an arrest and hope the police keep up the pace with the investigation.”
He said that Asians in Harlow have felt a rise in racism recently, “and there has been a lack of media coverage or awareness in the wider community of what is going on”. He continued, “I grew up here. It was pretty bad in the 1970s, but until recently things were pretty good.
“There was only mild racism. But now it’s coming back again. Some people are afraid to go into the centre of town now. A lot of people don’t report racist incidents.”