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Basketball player attackers kept in custody

At a public hearing on May 19, the Košice I District Court dismissed applications by Ivan S. (1981) and Karol M. (1987) to be released from pre-trial custody, the SITA newswire wrote.

At a public hearing on May 19, the Košice I District Court dismissed applications by Ivan S. (1981) and Karol M. (1987) to be released from pre-trial custody, the SITA newswire wrote.

Both men appealed the decision, court spokeswoman Marcela Gálová said.

They have been kept in police custody since April 9 due to concern that they would continue in their criminal activity. Moreover, in the case of Karol M., who is without permanent residence, there were concerns he would be a flight risk.

The men are charged with attacking 25-year-old African-American basketball player Denise Wilson, one of the best players on the Košice club Cassovia, on April 6. The attack took place at a tram stop on Štúrová Street in Košice.

Police say the attackers pursued Wilson, calling her names all the way to a restaurant in Protifašistických Bojovníkov Street.

Wilson said she was shocked not only by the attack but by the fact that no passers-by helped her or called the police. She has reportedly returned to the United States because of the incident. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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