“I don’t want your coronavirus in my country"
A boy has been charged for a racist Coronavirus-related attack on a Singaporean in London.
In March, Singaporean student Jonathan Mok walking down London’s busiest shopping street, Oxford Street, when he heard four men shouting “Coronavirus”.
The 23-year-old University College London law student confronted the men who retaliated and began attacking him.
One attacker said to Mok, “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.” Mok underwent facial surgery due to his injuries.
London Metropolitan Police have now revealed that a 15-year-old boy has been charged for his involvement in the racist attack.
The teenager was charged with wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 10 August.
Another 16-year-old boy was also arrested on 4 March in relation to the incident but no further action was taken against him.
The University College London law student said he heard a group of young people say “coronavirus” as he walked past them at about 9.15pm on Feb 24.
When he turned to face the group, he was punched in the face, with one of the suspects saying “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country” before the group fled.
The incident resulted in Mr Mok having to go for facial surgery, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.