Saturday, March 10, 2012

Asyraf's assailant gets 7 years jail

London: Seven months after Beau Isagba punched Malaysian student, Asyraf Haziq Rosli, 21 and robbed him of his bike, the teenager was slapped with a total of seven years jail by Judge W Pawlak at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.
Isagba, who turned 18 on March 8 was found guilty on Feb 16  by a jury of the incident which made world wide headlines during the London riots on August 8 last year.
The total sentence was for serious bodily harm with intent, robbery and burglary and violent disorder.
From that total, four years and six months imprisonment  was for assaulting Asyraf and robbing him of his bike.
Judge Pawlak told a court full of his family and friends that on that day in question, Isagba behaved like a thug and chose a victim that was vulnerable.
In sentencing him, the judge said, I believe you knew what you had done.
"This sentence will make likeminded people like you think before they misbehave in a similar way to you and to reassure the public and visitors to the country that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said.
On that day during the month of Ramadhan Asyraf was cycling with his friend Sheikh Azhar to go to a friend's place when they ran into several groups of people. 
Isagba, who the prosecution said had been looting and rampaging with other youths along Ilford Road just before the Barking flyover where the incident took place.
The six foot one teenager demanded the bike and punched Asyraf in the face breaking his jaw in two places.
He then rode off leaving the mob surrounding Asyraf laughing. 
Asyraf was set upon by another group of people, one John Fakunda, 22, pretended to be a Good Samaritan and helped him up on his feet, but later when his friend came and rifled through a stunned and dazed Asyraf he joined in.
His friend, Reece Donovan, also 22, took Asyraf's play station and games worth 500 stg. He swaggered away, throwing an empty plastic container which Asyraf wanted to use to bring back some food for his sahur as it was fasting month.
Donovan and Kafunda were found guilty of robbing Asyraf and violent disorder and will be sentenced on March 13. - NST

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