by Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Malaysian student who was attacked and robbed in Barking during the London riots met the Redbridge police officers who tracked down the thug who assaulted him on Tuesday.
Ashraf Rossli, 20, had been in Britain for just a month when he was attacked and had his bike stolen before a gang infamously posing as good Samaritans pilfered belongings from his rucksack.
On Tuesday, he was awarded for courage and community spirit at a commendation ceremony for Redbridge police officers at the Jack Carter Pavilion in Fencepiece Road, Barkingside.
The police officers and witnesses who helped catch his attacker were also awarded for dedication and community spirit.
Det Sgt Brett Hagen and three detective constables worked with witnesses who identified Beau Isagba in CCTV footage on the Recorder website.
Isagba punched Mr Rossli as he was cycling through crowds to help a frightened friend – breaking his jaw in two places – and then stole his bike on August 8.
He left the accountancy student sitting on the ground in a pool of blood, where he was then set upon by the second gang of “bad Samaritans”.
Despite initially admitting only stealing Mr Rossli’s bike because he was “tired” after looting shops in Ilford Lane, Isagba was eventually convicted of GBH, robbery, burglary and violent disorder.
Isagba, 18, of Icknield Drive, Gants Hill, was jailed for seven years.