AN ASYLUM seeker accused of stealing jewellery during last summer’s riots has had his claim that he is under 18 rejected.

The decision, made by Croydon magistrate Robert Hunter on Friday, upholds Croydon Council’s assessment, and means Masoud Ahmadzai will be treated as an adult in court.

That may affect the sort of evidence that can be admitted in any trial, the length of any sentence, and means the press can automatically report his name.

Ahmadzai, of Woodside Road, Purley, has been remanded in custody until his next appearance, at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court on August 24.

He will face one count of burglary, at Albone Jewellers in Surrey Street on August 8 last year, where it is alleged he stole “several Playboy-style rings”.

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