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London riots teenager 'ashamed' of stealing Malaysian student's bike

PUBLISHED February 15, 2012

Accused 17-year-old denies breaking jaw of Ashraf Rossli during August rioting

A 17-year-old has spoken of his shame in stealing the bike of a Malaysian student during the London riots, although he denies breaking his jaw. Ashraf Rossli, 20, had been in Britain for just a month when he was attacked and had his bicycle stolen in Barking, east London, last August.

After encountering a mob, he was hit in the face and left in a pool of blood. Seconds later, his bicycle was stolen.

A teenager who admits stealing the bike told Wood Green crown court he had taken the bike because he was "tired", but insisted a witness was mistaken in saying the person who punched Rossli also stole the bike.

He told the court: "When I watched the footage in interview I was very, very ashamed of myself." © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds