Briton charged with robbing Malaysian student during riots

13th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police have charged a man with robbing a Malaysian student during riots in London in an incident that was watched by millions of people on the Internet, Scotland Yard said Saturday.

Victim Asyraf Haziq Rosli was filmed being helped up after his jaw was broken during unrest in Barking, east London, only for the men who aided him to then empty his rucksack, in one of the most shocking images of the unrest.

Reece Donovan, from Romford, a town just east of London, who is in his early 20s, has been charged with robbing Asyraf, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Donovan will appear in court later Saturday, the spokesman added.

He was arrested on Thursday after an outcry over the attack on Asyraf.

Asyraf, 20, has insisted he bore no ill feelings about the incident on Monday and intended to stay in Britain until he completes his accountancy studies.

He underwent surgery for a broken jaw on Wednesday following the attack, and he was discharged from hospital on Thursday morning.

The video of the attack has been watched almost three million times on YouTube and the incident was condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron as "disgusting", showing "there are things badly wrong with our society".

British police have arrested more than 1,600 people during four days of rioting, arson and looting which rocked London and other major cities earlier this week.

© 2011 AFP

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