CCTV images released in hunt for men who allegedly shouted 'coronavirus' during racist attack of student

Jimmy Nsubuga
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Police want to speak to these two males in connection with the assault (Picture: Police)
Police want to speak to these two males in connection with the assault. (Police)

Police have released CCTV images of four men they want to speak to after a student was allegedly beaten up by attackers who shouted “coronavirus” at him.

Jonathan Mok, 23, from Singapore, claimed he was set upon by a group of men and a woman as he walked along Oxford Street in central London on 24 February.

Trouble allegedly started when the group passed Mok, who has been studying in the capital for two years, and one made a remark about coronavirus.

Mok revealed his facial injuries in a Facebook post.

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Jonathan Mok, 23, was attacked along Oxford Street in London. (Picture: Facebook/Jonathan Mok)
Jonathan Mok, 23, was attacked on Oxford Street in London. (Facebook/Jonathan Mok)

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police released CCTV images of four men they wish to speak to.

Detective Sergeant Emma Kirby said: “This attack left the victim shaken and hurt.

“There’s no room on our streets for this kind of violent behaviour and we are committed to finding the perpetrators.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who has information about this assault. I would like to identify and speak to the four men pictured, who may be able to help me with our inquiries.”

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Police are looking for this person in connection with the attack (Picture: Police)
Police are also looking for this person in connection with the attack. (Police)
A CCTV image of another suspect (Picture: Police)
A CCTV image of another suspect. (Police)

In his account of the assault, Mok described how, as he turned to face the group, one of the men said: “Don’t you dare look at me”, before launching an attack.

The student said: “All of a sudden, the first punch was swung at my face and took me by surprise. When I was still shocked by the first hit, the guy delivered the second sucker punch.

“By then, a few passers-by had stopped and one of them tried to reason with them that four on one was not fair.

“The attacker’s friend tried to swing a kick at me as I was explaining to the passer-by that I hadn’t done anything at all.

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“I tried to react in self-defence but couldn’t do anything substantial because I was still recovering from a broken finger in my master hand.

“The guy who tried to kick me then said ‘I don’t want your coronavirus in my country’, before swinging another sucker punch at me, which resulted in my face exploding with blood (from my nose), where the blood was splattered all across the pavement.”