“I don’t want your coronavirus in my country"
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to attacking a Singaporean student due to his race.
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 since arrested the boy for his involvement in the racist attack.
On Monday the boy, who cannot be legally named, has now admitted to wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.
CPS senior crown prosecutor Daniel Kavanagh said Mok was “clearly targeted in this hate crime because of his ethnic appearance.”
“This was a vicious and completely unprovoked attack on a young man who was simply making his way home with a friend after dinner in central London.
“Hate crime has a corrosive effect on our society and nobody should be subjected to such vile behaviour.
“The prosecution case included CCTV footage of the incident, leaving the defendant little choice but to plead guilty and own up to his actions.
“I hope this conviction provides the victim with some comfort and shows that the CPS will take action to prosecute those who commit hate crimes.”
The boy will be sentenced on 7 September.
In other news, a man has been arrested for spitting at an Asian woman and spewing racist hate at her in the Bronx.