An alleged perpetrator of a brutal anti-Semitic attack in suburban Sydney pleaded not guilty.
Spartaco Marciano Di Bella, 23, appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with affray — fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace. His bail was continued until Jan. 13, when the magistrate ordered the next hearing.
Di Bella, who was on crutches, said he felt remorse for the victims, according to reports.
Five Orthodox Jews were attacked by a gang of youths on Oct. 26 as they walked home from a Sabbath dinner in Bondi. Four of the victims were members of the Behar family; the fifth was Shlomo BenHaiem, an emissary for the Jewish National Fund.
Australian Jewish officials described the assault as the worst anti-Semitic incident of its kind since records began being kept in 1989.
Another suspected member of the gang, Robert Clifford, 26, has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody. Clifford was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having a knife in a public place.
Two 17-year-old males also were charged but cannot be named because they are minors.JTA
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.
If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.