Man faces jail for black teen assault

An Orthodox Jewish man from Baltimore accused of assaulting a black teenager 18 months ago has been convicted of false imprisonment and second-degree assault. Eliyahu Werdesheim, 24, was on patrol for the Shomrim, a community neighbourhood watch group, when the 15-year-old was attacked. The teen was allegedly thrown to the floor and hit several times, and was later hospitalised. Eliyahu, who is married, could face a ten-year jail sentence. The case has been compared to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida in February by a neighbourhood watch volunteer.

    Last updated: 3:22pm, May 10 2012