6 Teenagers who assaulted Liberian student in Lefkosa detained and will face trial

A mob of Turkish Cypriots teenagers who attacked a Liberian student in Lefkosa early this week has been paraded in court and will face trial for assault and many more.

The unfortunate incident which caused media outrage among student community in the country happened on Sunday morning in Lefkosa.

The teenagers were caught on camera attacking and assaulting a student, Willian Antony Peters who was probably with a lady who walked away form the scene while the assault continue.

Six of the suspects identified only as AS, 15, Ö.S, 17, HB, 19, AS, 18, EFY, 19 and SA, 16 were paraded in a Lefkosa court on Tuesday, September, 13 on charges of "Unlawful gathering, Serious Assault, and possession of Violent Equipment."

Report said the hearing was closed due to one of the suspect who is underage.

According to a report by Kamalı News Agency, the suspects in question and sone persons whose names have not yet been identified, were in Lefkosa on September 11, at around 5:00pm when they attacked Willian Antony Peters with their hands, baseball bat and wooden stick on various parts of the body of his body  on the grounds that "he beat their friends". 

But the friend of the victim who contacted us about the incident claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity, The source also claimed the the victim is battling for his life due to the severe beating he got from them.

Police stated that the investigation regarding the issue has just started, that there are persons wanted, camera footage that needs to be examined and statements that need to be taken.

The police demanded that the suspects be kept in police custody for 3 days so that the investigation can be conducted safely, as they are highly likely to influence the wanted persons, the signs sought and the statements to be taken if they are released.

***The authorities should make sure that justice is served.

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