LONDON (AP) — Police have charged a 21-year-old man with robbing an injured Malaysian student whose videotaped attack during the London riots drew outrage in Britain.
About 20 teens and preteens surrounded Mohammed Asyraf Haziq Rossli during the unrest that swept the capital last week, grabbing his bike and cell phone and breaking his jaw.
A video that chronicled the attack shows youths pretending to come to the aid of Rossli — even as they unzipped his backpack and emptied it.
The video went viral and caused shock. UK Prime Minister David Cameron described it as a sign of a deeper societal malaise.
Metropolitan Police said Saturday that Reece Donovan, 21, has been charged with stealing a portable Sony Playstation and Nokia mobile phone from Rossli as he bled on the pavement.