London riots: Two guilty of robbing Malaysian student in Barking - video

Two men were today convicted of pretending to be Good Samaritans to steal from an injured Malaysian student in Barking during the London riots.

Mobile phone footage of Ashraf Rossli being attacked during last August’s rioting caused widespread outrage.

Watch the video above to see the incident - the video contains strong language.

Today a jury at Wood Green Crown Court convicted John Kafunda 22, of robbery and violent disorder.

Kafunda, of Eastwood Road, Ilford, was captured on camera putting his arm round Mr Rossli and pretending to protect him.


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Reece Donovan, 22, of Cross Road, Romford, was caught on camera rifling through the accountancy student’s bag while the victim’s back was to him, and convicted of theft, violent disorder and later burgling a Tesco store.

The jury of five women and seven men was given a majority direction to continue deliberating whether Donovan is guilty of robbery.

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The pair shook their heads as the jury foreman returned the unanimous verdicts.

Kafunda walked out of the dock down to the cells as the jury rose.

He refused to return.

Judge James Patrick asked where he was and was told by a dock officer that he had gone for a walk.

The judge, unimpressed, asked why the defendant was allowed to leave the dock without his permission.

A senior dock officer said Kafunda was refusing to return.

The judge told the man he wanted to speak to him later to discuss whether it was “appropriate” for a defendant to leave without the judge’s permission.

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