Suspect’s plea in March attack on San Jose train station delayed until August
A San Francisco man charged with a hate crime in sexually assaulting an Asian woman on March 10 at Diridon station in San Jose had his scheduled court appearance on Tuesday postponed to August.
Defendant Johan Strydom himself was not in court, but his lawyer appeared and was given more time to determine Strydom’s competence to stand trial.
Strydom, 32, faces two assault charges, accompanied by hate crimes, after prosecutors said he grabbed the 26-year-old woman by the neck in a pedestrian tunnel, threw her on the back in the cement and said:, Asians. “He started tossing her side to side by her hair and dragging her across the floor, police said.
The attack, around 7 a.m. on a Wednesday, lasted for about a minute until the victim’s boyfriend, who was on the phone with her, showed up and other witnesses came to the woman’s aid and hold Strydom.
During Strydom’s arraignment days after the attack, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jing-Lan Lee read a victim impact statement: “It’s scary to have the constant fear of walking in these. tunnels, the constant feeling of being followed and possibly attacking again. No one should have to go through what I’ve been through. “
Strydom has been charged with sexual assault and assault with intent to cause bodily harm, with enhancements for hate crimes. If found guilty, he faces jail time.
Strydom is being held without bail and his next scheduled court date is August 2.