"I don't want your coronavirus in my country"

A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of a racist attack related to the Coronavirus on a Singaporean student in London.

In February 2020, 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.

In August, the boy who cannot be legally named, admitted to wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

On Monday 4 January, the Highbury Corner Youth Court found the boy guilty of racially aggravated grievous bodily harm.

Chairman of the Bench Lesley Ward laid out the verdict that the attack had been “unprovoked and racially motivated” and was thus a hate crime.

She told the boy: “Given the number of witnesses and your proximity to the incident, we feel it’s not plausible that you missed the racist term being used and it’s therefore difficult to believe your version of events.”

The boy will be sentenced on 27 January and has been released on unconditional bail.

In other news, an auto shop owner in California, has defended his “China Virus” promotion. 

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