London riots: Student 'forgives Good Samaritan attackers'

Ashraf Rossli: ''I just want people to forgive them"

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A student robbed by two men who pretended to help him during last summer's riots has said people should forgive his attackers.

Ashraf Rossli, 21, had been in Britain for a month when he was knocked to the ground and had his jaw broken and bicycle stolen in Barking.

As he lay injured, John Kafunda, 22, of Ilford, and Reece Donovan, 24, of Romford, stole items from his bag.

Mr Rossli, from Malaysia, said he was not angry with the men.

His attackers were caught after footage - which showed Kafunda lifting their victim up after he was attacked and Donovan riffling through his bag and stealing a PSP games console and 10 games worth £500 - was posted on YouTube and broadcast on news channels around the world.

Speaking at the Malaysian High Commission in central London, Mr Rossli said he just wanted to get on with his life.

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Now that [my jaw] is all healed I don't have any grudge against [the attackers] whatsoever”

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"My jaw is healed now so there is no point worrying about them," he explained.

"When you make some mistakes it is best to be punished but I want people to forgive them because when you put yourself in that situation you don't want to be judged by the same mistake your whole life.

"People make mistakes, so forgive them."

On Friday, Kafunda and Donovan were found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court, of robbery and violent disorder.

Donovan was also convicted of theft and the burgling of a Tesco store.

The men are due to be sentenced on 13 March.

Beau Isagba, 17, of Ilford, was convicted of punching the 5ft 4ins student in the face, smashing his jaw and leaving the scene after stealing his bicycle.

When asked if he wanted to see the men behind bars, Mr Rossli said: "If that's the possible outcome then yeah."

Reece Donovan, John Kafunda and Beau Isagba (l-r) were all convicted of attacking Ashraf Rossli Reece Donovan, John Kafunda and Beau Isagba (l-r) were all convicted of attacking Ashraf Rossli

The accountancy student, who now has metal plates in his jaw, said he was grateful for all the support he had received.

He said the experience had not made him think less of the UK and he is no longer afraid of being in crowds here, although he no longer cycles around the capital.

He added he was planning to stay in Britain to work after he had finished his studies.

"There are a lot of people that don't want bad things, they want peace and harmony," he said.

"There are people that are nice and people that are bad and they are a minority.

"The only thing that concerned me was that I wanted somebody to fix my jaw.

"Now that it is all healed I don't have any grudge against [the attackers] whatsoever. I feel nothing."

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