A man has been sentenced for carrying out a series of attacks on members of the Jewish community in Hackney following an investigation by the Met.
Abdullah Qureshi, 30 was handed a hospital order at Wood Green Court on Thursday 17 August, after being convicted of the attacks in November 2022. He will be detained in a secure medical facility until he is considered safe to be released. He was also given a ten-year restraining order.
An investigation was launched by detectives in Hackney, after three people were assaulted within a two-hour period in the Stamford Hill area on the evening of 18 August 2021.
Qureshi was convicted at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 11 November 2022.
On the evening of 18 August 2021, police received three reports of people being assaulted in the Stamford Hill area: At 18:41hrs on 18 August 2021 a 30-year-old man was struck on the head with a bottle on Cazenove Road. He did not sustain any injuries. At 19:10hrs, a 14-year-old boy was walking on Holmdale Terrace when he was approached and assaulted without warning. He sustained minor injuries. At approximately 20:30hrs on Stamford Hill, at the junction with Colberg Road, a 64-year-old man was struck in the face. He suffered facial injuries and fell to the ground, breaking a bone in his foot. He was taken to hospital for treatment and was later discharged.
Qureshi was found guilty of one count of racially or religiously aggravated grievous bodily harm and two counts of racially or religiously aggravated common assault.