London teenager admits punching Singapore student over corona virus row

A Camden teenager has admitted to punching Jonathan Mok, 23, a Singaporean law student in the face in Oxford Street after yelling at him that “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country”.

Mok was left with swelling and bruising to his face and eye and a bloody nose after the unprovoked attack earlier this year. The teenager is from Camden but cannot, however, be named for legal reasons.

He appeared at Highbury magistrates court on Monday on charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm to the student after being charged in July and has pleaded guilty.

Sentencing at the same court will take place on September 7th. Mr Mok, who is currently studying law at the University College London, was walking along Oxford Street with a friend at around 9pm on February 24th when the incident occurred.

After posting selfies later on his online social media account Mr Mok said that he felt that some people were just using the pandemic to create more hatred for those people that were different from them. He said he thought it was a pity that such experiences tainted a beautiful city but went on to say that it was only by the minority and most people were very nice.

Senior Crown Prosecutor from the CPS, Daniel Kavanagh, stated that it was a “completely unprovoked and vicious attack on a young man who had just been walking home with a friend after their dinner” and was clearly targeted due to his appearance. He finished off by saying that he hoped this conviction would be of some comfort to the victim and that hate crime would not be tolerated in this country.

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