Three Croydon men have been found guilty of an attack outside a Croydon pub that left a Kurdish-Iranian student with life-changing injuries.

Reker Ahmed, 17, suffered a fractured spine, a bleed on the brain and facial fractures following the incident outside The Goat pub, in Broom Road, shortly after midnight on March 31.

Today (November 9) George Walder, 23, of Myrtle Road, and Lliam Neylon, 19, of Ferris Avenue, were both convicted of two counts of violent disorder at Croydon Crown Court.

A third defendant, Kurt Killick, 18, of Courtwood Lane, was convicted of one count of violent disorder. The jury is still considering a further count of violent disorder and one of causing grievous bodily harm with intent against him.

During the trial, the jury heard that one of the attackers yelled "you are asylum seekers, you are refugees, you have to go back to your country" at Mr Ahmed and his friend when they told him they were from Iraq and Iran.

The subsequent fight was so violent that a female passer-by pleaded: "Stop. You're killing him."

Mr Ahmed was with two friends when he was subjected to two beatings over the course of 16 minutes, the court heard.

He was stamped on during the second assault which was described by the prosecution as a "disgraceful episode of violence and thuggery."

Three other defendants all from Croydon have each been acquitted of two counts of violent disorder. They are Daryl Davis, 21, and his sister Danyelle Davis, 24, both of Laurel Crescent, and 24-year-old Kyran Evans, of Shrublands Avenue.