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Man denies student's manslaughter

Mohammed Al-Majed
Mohammed suffered a serious head injury and died two days later

A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of a foreign student in an East Sussex seaside town.

George Austin, from Bermondsey, south London, is accused of the unlawful killing in Hastings of 16-year-old Mohammed al-Majed, from Qatar.

Mohammed died two days after suffering a serious head injury when he hit the pavement during a fracas last August.

Two more men at Lewes Crown Court also pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the incident.

Paul Rockett, 20, of Ham Lane, Burwash, near Heathfield, pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated common assault on one of Mohammed's friends.

Alexander Quinn, 18, of Mountbatten Close, Hastings, also pleaded not guilty to wounding another of the student's friends.

Mr Austin was remanded in custody to await trial.

Mr Quinn and Mr Rockett, who were granted bail, will stand trial with him. The case, which is expected to last up to four weeks, is due to start on 21 September.

Mohammed was studying English at EF International Language Schools in White Rock, Hastings, and had been in the seaside town for about five weeks.

His body was flown back to Qatar after he died at King's College Hospital in London.



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