SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – A man accused of being involved in a brutal anti-Semitic attack in Sydney pleaded not guilty.
Spartaco Marciano Di Bella, 23, appeared in a local court Tuesday charged with affray. His bail was continued until Jan. 13, when the magistrate ordered the next hearing.
Di Bella, who appeared in court on crutches, said he felt remorse for the victims, local media reported.
Five Orthodox Jews were attacked by a gang of youths on Oct. 26 as they walked home from a Shabbat dinner in Bondi. Four of them were members of the Behar family; the fifth was Shlomo BenHaiem, the educational shaliach of the Jewish National Fund. The assault was described by Jewish officials as the worst anti-Semitic incident of its kind since records began being kept in 1989.
Another member of the gang, Robert Clifford, 26, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and having a knife in a public place. He is in custody, having also pleaded not guilty.
Two 17-year-old boys also were charged, but cannot be named because they are minors.