A schoolboy ‘bully’ accused of assaulting and ‘waterboarding’ a young Syrian refugee has said he is scared for his life after receiving death threats.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he and his family had gone into hiding after a video of the incident was widely shared online.
In an interview with English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, a convicted fraudster whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, the teen said he was "scared for my life, scared for my family’s life".
He said: "My address got put out and there were people turning up at my house in cars, all this type of stuff."
Jamal was grabbed by the throat in the distressing footage
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"We went into hiding because we’ve had all these threats, rape threats, death threats," he added.
A video of 15-year-old Syrian refugee Jamal being attacked by a fellow pupil at Almondbury Community School, Huddersfield, West Yorks, went gone viral.
The 15-year-old was forced to the ground
He was knocked down and had water poured over his face.
The alleged perpetrator previously gave The Sun Online a handwritten statement in which he accepted responsibility for his actions, but denied bullying the younger boy.
He then had water poured over his face
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"The incident was isolated and came about from an altercation between us earlier that day.
"The incident was not racial as up to that time we had been on good terms," he said.
Shortly after the footage emerged, Jamal said he no longer felt safe at school
The footage of the incident at Almondbury Community School provoked outrage and prompted well-wishers to set up an online crowdfunding page for Jamal, which received £50,000 in donations in the space of a day.
Prime Minister Theresa May said the generous public response showed the "true spirit of Britain".
Shortly after the footage emerged, the 15-year-old victim said he no longer felt safe at school.
He told ITV News: "I woke up at night and just started crying about this problem. They think I’m different – different from them.
"I don’t feel safe at school. Sometimes I say to my dad, ‘I don’t want to go to school anymore’. I was just crying and I didn’t do nothing because I respect the school rules."
West Yorkshire Police previously said a 16-year-old boy had been interviewed over the attack and reported for summons for an offence of assault ahead of a youth court appearance.
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