London Riots: Malaysian Student Attacker Beau Isagba Faces Jail For GBH On Ashraf Rossli

Ashraf Rossli

First Posted: 9/03/2012 05:59 Updated: 9/03/2012 05:59   PA

A teenager will be sentenced on Friday for an attack on a Malaysian student which led to one of the most notorious incidents of the London riots.

Ashraf 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.

Beau Isagba, 18, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and robbery following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court last month. He had admitted a charge of violent disorder and two counts of burglary.

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

The student did not see Isagba when he launched the assault, and after punching the victim, the teenager was seen riding off on the bike.

The incident, which was captured on camera, drew widespread publicity last year.

It preceded a second crime in which items were taken from Rossli's rucksack by individuals posing as good Samaritans.

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.
Donovan was also convicted on theft and burgling a Tesco store.

Isagba, who was warned he faces a lengthy jail term, is due to be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court from 2pm.

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