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Sydney: Two Assailants Named Over Anti-Semitic Attack

Spartaco Marciano Di Bella, 23, and Robert Tamaki Clifford, 26 charged along with two minors in vicious attack on Jewish family.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/5/2013, 12:05 PM

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The names of two of four assailants in the vicious October 26 anti-Semitic attack on a Jewish family in Sydney, Australia, have been published.

Spartaco Marciano Di Bella has pleaded not guilty to affray – an offense of fighting or terrorizing people in a public place – reported Australia's ABC news.

Di Bella, 23, left Waverley Court on crutches Tuesday, after his bail was continued.

Robert Tamaki Clifford, 26, is charged with affray, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having a knife in a public place and remains in custody.

Two 17-year-olds, who cannot be named, were also charged.

Di Bella made a short appearance in Waverley Local Court before Magistrate Farnan, who set the next hearing date to January 14, to allow for briefs to be prepared.

Australia's Jwire added that Di Bella faced a barrage of questions from media outside the court, to which he replied with “no comment.” At one point, though, Di Bella did say that he felt remorse for the families who were attacked.

Four Jewish men and a woman were physically assaulted and verbally abused by a group of up to eight young men, as they walked home from a Shabbat Eve dinner in October. Two of the victims were in their sixties.

The case returns to court in January.

While many speculated after the attack that the assailants were Muslims, the names released thus far appear to indicate that this is not so.