12 Aug 2011

Arrest made over mugging of Malaysian student

6:24 pm on 12 August 2011

British police on Thursday arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Malaysian student during riots in London this week by a group who pretended to be helping him.

Footage taken of a bleeding Asyraf Haziq Rosli being helped up during unrest in Barking, east London, by a group of men who proceeded to empty his rucksack has become one of the most shocking images of the unrest.

The video has been watched almost three million times on YouTube and the incident prompted condemnation by British Prime Minister David Cameron who said the attack was "disgusting" and showed "there are things badly wrong with our society."

Scotland Yard has confirmed in a statement that a man, believed to be in his 20s, has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Asyraf Haziq Rosli insisted he bore no ill-feeling about the incident on Monday and intended to stay in Britain until he completes his accountancy studies.

The 20-year-old underwent surgery for a broken jaw on Wednesday following the attack and was discharged from hospital on Thursday morning.

The mugging occurred as he was on his way to see a friend in nearby East Ham who was worried about the rioting.

He told British television that attackers threatened to stab him and that some were as young as primary school age.

Two girls and a woman who lived nearby helped him following the incident.