Mugged student gets VIP treatment
The Malaysian student mugged by yobs posing as Good Samaritans during the riots has been given VIP treatment at the Badminton World Championships.
Ashraf Rossli, 20, who was rushed to hospital with a broken jaw after being set upon less than a month after arriving in Britain, was invited to the event at Wembley Arena as the guest of honour by London & Partners, on behalf of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The grinning student - with his family who have flown from Ampang, near Kuala Lumpur, to be with their son after the incident - met Mr Johnson at the event. Sporting a Malaysian team T-shirt, Mr Rossli also met Malaysian player Lee Chong Wei, who lost out in his bid to claim the men's badminton world title.
This week, shocked members of the public have raised more than £22,000 for the student through the "Let's Do Something Nice For Ashraf" fund.
Mr Rossli, who is studying accountancy at Kaplan International College in north London, was robbed by hooded youths who initially pretended to help him before going through his rucksack, stealing his mobile phone, portable Sony PlayStation and wallet in Barking, east London on Monday night.
The keen cyclist said he is determined to stay in Britain and continue with his studies.
Reece Donovan, 20, who is accused of robbing the student, has appeared in court. Donovan, of Milton Court, Cross Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex, will next appear at Wood Green Crown Court on August 19 for a plea and case management hearing.
Mr Johnson said: "I was very pleased today to be able to welcome Ashraf, who had that terrible experience and to congratulate him on some of the nice things he has been able to say about our city."
Mr Johnson said he was impressed by the championships, which are doubling up as a test event for the London 2012 badminton tournament at the same venue, and attracted a crowd of 5,488.
The men's final was won by Olympic champion and world number two Lin Dan of China 20-22 21-14 23-21.