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Malaysian student's attacker jailed

An 18-year-old has been jailed for a total of seven years for attacking a Malaysian student during the London riots and other offences.

Beau Isagba's attack on Ashraf Rossli, 20, which broke his jaw in two places, preceded a second crime in which items were taken from the victim's rucksack by individuals posing as Good Samaritans.

The incident was filmed and put on YouTube, prompting widespread condemnation.

Judge Witold Pawlak, sitting at Wood Green Crown Court in north London, said that 54 months of the total of 84 months he was imposing, to be served in a young offenders' institution, were for the attack on Mr Rossli.

He told Isagba he could expect to be released after 42 months, with the remainder to be served on licence.

Mr Rossli, 20, had been in Britain for just a month when he was set upon as looting swept the country last August. The accountancy student had been cycling to help a scared female friend when his jaw was broken in two places as he was punched in the face.

Isagba was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and robbery following a trial last month. He had admitted a charge of violent disorder and two counts of burglary, all committed the same day.

Mr Rossli was cycling along a flyover in Barking, east London, when he and a friend, Sheikh Azher, were attacked on August 8.

In the second crime against Mr Rossli, John Kafunda, 22, was caught on camera lifting the injured student up and appearing to shepherd him from trouble.

However, within seconds he and Reece Donovan, 22, began rifling through Mr Rossli's rucksack while his back was turned to them, and robbed him of a PSP games console and 10 games worth £500. The men were unanimously convicted of robbery and violent disorder by a jury at the same court last Friday.


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