Videoed London riots PSP robbers found guilty

"I knew they were stealing from me but I could do nothing."

The London rioters who stole a PSP and 10 games from 20 year-old student Ashraf Rossli after his jaw had been broken and bicycle stolen have been found guilty of various crimes.

John Kafunda, 22 - the man videoed helped a bleeding Ashraf Rossli to his feet - was found guilt of robbery at Wood Green Crown Court.

Kafunda appeared to be aiding Rossli as 24-year-old Reece Donovan strode over and began rifling through Rossli's bag. But instead of preventing Donovan, Kafunda joined in.

That moment (video below).

Donovan was videoed walking off with what turned out to be a PSP and 10 games. Donovan was found guilty of theft. The jury is deliberating whether he's guilty of robbery.

"I knew they were stealing from me but I could do nothing."

Ashraf Rossli

Theft is the lesser of the two crimes. It involves simply taking something from someone. Robbery, however, involves theft and a form of violence.

Kafunda didn't appear to take anything, but guided a confused Rossli away when he cottoned on to what was happening.

Both Kafunda and Donovan have been found guilty of violent disorder.

"I knew they were stealing from me but I could do nothing," commented Rossli, reported by BBC News.

"I was sat on the pavement with blood pouring from my mouth.

"I remember being approached by a male who asked if I was OK. I remember being pulled to my feet, then I felt someone again tugging at my rucksack.

"I was not in a position to defend myself and was still suffering from the effects of being hit. Once they had taken what they wanted they left."

The 17 year-old who broke Rossli's jaw and stole his bicycle, Beau Isagba, was charged with GBH and robbery. He'll be sentenced on 9th March.

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