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Brooklyn man who attacked rabbi with rocks didn't target victim because of his religion, lawyer says


Added 09-13-19 07:13:02pm EST - “Oniel Gilburne, 26, was charged with hate crime assault and weapons possession for allegedly throwing rocks at Avraham Gopin and punching him inside Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights on Aug. 27, authorities said.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Brooklyn man who attacked rabbi with rocks didn’t target victim because of his religion, lawyer says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A lawyer for a Brooklyn man accused of attacking a rabbi inside a park argued Friday that the man is mentally ill and didn’t target the victim because of his Jewish religion.

Oniel Gilburne, 26, was charged with hate crime assault and weapons possession for allegedly throwing rocks at Avraham Gopin and punching him inside Lincoln Terrace Park in Crown Heights on Aug. 27, authorities said.

Gilburne’s attorney questioned the hate crime charges at his arraignment Friday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

“Nothing makes it a hate crime. There is nothing indicating the cause of the assault (was) motivated by prejudice in any way — apart from how the person looked," Laura Guthrie said.

“Your Honor, this is a hate crime,” Assistant District Attorney Judd Gartenberg told Brooklyn Judge Michael Yavinski, noting how Gopin was dressed in “traditional Hasidic Jewish attire."

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