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Ruhullah Aramesh - 1992

Introduction

Demo against the Killing of Ruhullah Aramesh in Thornton Heath in 1992

Ruhullah Aramesh, twenty-four years old, an Afghan refugee was attacked in Thornton Heath on July 31, 1992, by a gang of twenty yelling racist epithets. They beat him with iron bars and wood planks until his skull was crushed.

He died on August 2, 1992. Barry Hannon (17), his brother, Paul Hannon(18), and Joseph Curtin (17), were sentenced to life for murder. Richard Turner, (19), and Jamie Ware (19), were acquitted of manslaughter and murder. Another boy, seventeen years old, whose name was not released, was acquitted for attacking Mr. Aramesh but convicted for assault for having previously attacked a friend of Mr. Aramesh. Barry Hannon and Joseph Curtin had also attacked an Asian family only an hour before killing Mr. Aramesh, hitting a man, sixty-five years old, on the head with a bottle.

Recorded as racially motivated. Barry Hannon, Paul Hannon, Joseph Curtin given life for murder. One other convicted of manslaughter through diminished responsibility, 3 acquitted. Curtin freed on appeal (due to judges' failure to summarise police interview) after 3 years.

His death was just one that happened in the area near to the BNP headquarters including Stephen Lawrence and Rohit Duggal.

Deaths with a (known or suspected) Racial element 1991-1999

 

 

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Credits

Date: 12 September 1992
Location: Norbury
City: London, England
Organisation: Anti-Nazi League
Event: Demonstration
Original Format - colour, hi8, 90 mins
Language versions - english
Useful link: - http://www.hrw.org/...

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