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London riots: Two men jailed for robbing Malaysian student

GUILTY: John Kafunda and Reece Donovan, both 22, were convicted of robbing student Mohammed Asyraf Raziq Rossli during last summer's riots

TWO MEN have been jailed following the robbery of a Malaysian student, Mohammed Asyraf Raziq Rossli, during last summer's riots.

John Kafunda was sentenced to three and a half years and Reece Donovan, was sentenced to a total of five years today following the incident on August 8.

The suspects, both aged 22, were also found guilty of violent disorder during the unrest.

Mr Rossli and a friend were charged at by a group of around 100 individuals as they pushed their bicycles along Queens Road, in Barking, east London at about 7.20pm.

During the melee the pair were separated and the victim pushed off his bike before being assaulted by a number of suspects who then stole his bike.

A second group of suspects approached the victim and pretended to help him, before rifling through his rucksack – an act that was caught on camera and posted on YouTube.

Donovan was seen to open the victim's bag and remove a mobile phone and Sony PSP before walking off.

Kafunda distracted the victim while Donovan robbed him.

Rossli told jurors how he was "not in a position" to defend himself.

He said: "I remember being approached by a male who asked if I was okay. I remember being pulled to my feet, then I felt someone again tugging at my rucksack."

Prosecutor Christopher Hehir said the two men had taken "advantage in a way that can only be described as despicable".

The victim was later taken to the Royal London Hospital suffering multiple facial injuries, including a broken jaw.

Chief Superintendent Gary Buttercase, said: "I would like to commend Barking and Dagenham robbery squad for their tenacity, professionalism and detective ability in securing a conviction in this case of Beau Isagba.

"I have met Mr Rossli and he is a man of humility and dignity and a tremendous credit to his country and I am particularly pleased that we have managed to get justice for the appalling attack he suffered and the subsequent theft that has attracted derision from across the world.

Donovan was also found guilty of burgling Tesco in Highbridge Road, Barking on the same day.

He was part of a group of between 20 and 30 hooded and scarved youths who attacked the store, causing extensive damage to windows and stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods.

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