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LONDON: London riot victim, Asyraf Haziq Rossli, 21, cannot thank the London Metropolitan Police enough for the ongoing support that he received after the incident that catapulted him to the world's attention.
"Throughout the courtcase, of both cases, they kept me informed and would keep me up to date with what's happening," said Asyraf today.
"Initially I was traumatised and would be scared of crowds. But now I am okay and I just want to concentrate on my studies," he said.
Asyraf was speaking before a press conference was held at the Malaysian high commission in Belgrave Square, attended by the High Commissioner, Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong,Dr Noorzalina Mohd Noor, Director Mara UK.
Looking cheerful and chirpy , Asyraf said the incident did not affect his studies too much.
Asked about the money he received, he said he received 20,000 stg and gave 5000 stg to charity.
Days culminating to the verdict of the two men, Reece Donovan and John Fukunda, both 22, who were charged with and later convicted of robbery, theft and violent disorder, the British media were clamouring for exclusives.
Three weeks ago, a 17 year old boy was convicted of seriously hurting Asyraf when he punched him in the face breaking the jaw in two places. Beau Isagba will be sentenced on 9th March while Donovan and Fukunda will know their fate on 13th March.
The phones at the high commission did not stop ringing and the best alternative was to call for a press conference.
Asyraf, the unwitting celebrity in this whole sorry episode that happened during the worst riots in the UK last August, understandably did not want the publicity and would rather resume his life as a student without anymore interference. But he catapulted to fame when a video footage of the robbery went viral on the internet and triggered outrage, sympathy and anger from around the world.
He suffered a broken jaw and was reported to feel scared when he sees groups of people in the streets.
Dr Noorzalina Mohd Noor, Director Mara UK thanked the community in the UK for their support and said she was happy with the verdict in both cases.
She was instrumental in looking after the well being of Asyraf.
Datuk Seri Zakaria said, he was happy to see justice done.