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Man charged after victim ‘hit with bottle and wooden pole’ in Gay Village

Birmingham. Usman Murtza is accused of carrying out the unprovoked assault on John-Paul Kesseler and another man as they held hands together in the city’s Gay Village. Pictures showed Mr Kesseler’s bloodied face following the incident in the early hours of October 10.Mr Kesseler, 38, was hit in the face with a glass bottle, leaving him with a nasty gash above his eye, before both men were struck with a wooden pole. Murtza, 29, has been charged with two counts of assault and possessing an offensive weapon.He is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on January 12.Jealous mum smashed love rival's head on ground for looking at her boyfriendPensioner claims botched surgery has left him unable to shut eyes for nearly three yearsFour-day working week pilot launched in UKA West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘No one should have to tolerate hate abuse or hate crimes.‘If you’ve been a victim then we’d urge you to contact us or a support agency so you can get help and we can investigate.’Galop is a national LGBT+ anti-abuse charity who support people who have suffered homophobia, transphobia and other forms of abuse.You can find more about the support available here.If you don’t feel comfortable reporting to police, you can report it to True Vision online here.Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.For more stories like this, check our news page.Not convinced? Find out more »
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