UK man charged with robbing Malaysian student

August 13, 2011 - 8:45 AM
Britain Riots Student

Malaysian student Mohammad Asyraf Haziq attends a news conference at the Malaysian High Commission in London, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. A Malaysian student attacked during London's riots offered an account of his assault, saying he was shocked as he watched the videotape of thugs rifling through his belongings while he bled on a sidewalk. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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.