Men jailed for robbing Malaysian student in riots

Two men were jailed on Thursday after posing as Good Samaritans to steal from an injured Malaysian student during riots in London last year.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2012, 21:37 PM IST

London: Two men were jailed on Thursday after
posing as Good Samaritans to steal from an injured Malaysian
student, an infamous incident caught on camera during riots in
London last year.

Asyraf Haziq Rosli, 21, had been in Britain for just a
month when he was knocked off his bicycle and left bloodied
with his jaw broken in two places on August 8 in Barking, east
London, last year.

Footage shot on a mobile phone showed John Kafunda,
22, putting his arm around Asyraf and pretending to protect
him from further trouble.

Seconds later Kafunda and Reece Donovan, 22, began
rifling through the Malaysian`s rucksack as his back was to
them.

They robbed Asyraf of a PSP games console and 10 games
worth USD 780.

As police hunted the pair, the footage was posted on
YouTube where it was watched more than three million times,
becoming one of the defining images of the unrest.

Donovan was sentenced to a total of five years in jail
for robbery, violent disorder and burglary offences at Wood
Green Crown Court in London.

Kafunda was sentenced to three and a half years for
robbery and nine months for violent disorder, with the
sentences to run consecutively.

The two men were convicted unanimously by a jury on
March 2.

Beau Isagba, 18, was jailed for seven years earlier
this month after he admitted breaking Asyraf`s jaw and
stealing the bicycle in the same incident.

At the time of the attack, British Prime Minister
David Cameron described it as "disgusting" and said it showed
"there are things badly wrong with our society". (AFP)

PTI