NEW YORK - A COLLEGE student charged with stabbing a Bangladeshi taxi driver in an anti-Muslim attack has been freed on US$500,000 (S$657,300) bail.

Michael Enright said nothing as he left a courtroom on Tuesday surrounded by a half-dozen relatives and supporters.

Prosecutors say he asked driver Ahmed Sharif whether he was Muslim and then told him to 'consider this a checkpoint' before slashing him in the neck in August. Sharif survived.

Enright has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says the film student was beset by alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder from a trip to Afghanistan.
His next court date is Dec 8.

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