Racist murder in Ashford, Kent

Racist murder in Ashford, Kent

Written by: Arun Kundnani

Two White men have been charged with the murder of Bapishankar Kathirgamanathan, a 24-year-old Sri Lankan-born restaurant worker.

Kathirgamanathan had been walking home across a footbridge, on 22 April 2004, when he was assaulted in what police are regarding as a racially-motivated attack.

During the attack, Kathirgamanathan sustained severe head injuries and died two weeks later on 6 May. James Rossiter, 22, and Tony Pile, 18, both of Ashford have been charged with murder.

A second man who was with Kathirgamanathan managed to escape the attackers.

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