Five Muslim men in London have been arrested for attacking an American student who had been in the country for just three days.
According to reports, 23-year-old Francesco Hounye of Florida was walking home with a friend in East London when five men attacked him.
The men have been identified as 20-year-old Shaleem Uddin, 19-year-old Shadhat Hussain, 22-year-old Kamrul Hussain, 22-year-old Massom Rahman, and 24-year-old Samad Uddin.
Security footage shows the men chase Hounye down, beat him, and smash a Jagermeister bottle over his head.
Hounye suffered multiple injuries, including a smashed eye socket.
Samad Uddin is facing charges of grievous bodily harm. The other four men have already pleaded guilty after admitting their role in the attack.
Prosecutor Paul Casey said, “This case involves a group attack involving all five of these men on one person… All of them were willingly involved in that attack, all of them played a part. Two in particular played the most serious role, Shaleem Uddin and Samad Uddin. Shaleem Uddin used the bottle to strike Mr. Hounye over the head, causing him severe cuts to the side of his head.”
“Immediately prior to that, Samad Uddin and a number of others were involved in trying to wrestle the bottle from Mr. Hounye. During the course of the attack Samad Uddin aimed a number of kicks to Mr. Hounyea whilst he was prone on the ground, including one which CCTV shows his right foot connecting with some force with Mr. Hounye’s head,” Casey said.
The five men reportedly ran off when a passer-by intervened.