Teenager denies 'racist' attack over virus he saw as fake

A teenager accused of a "racist" attack on a Singapore law student over coronavirus said he thought Covid-19 was fake. The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies racially aggravated grievous bodily harm, but admits assaulting the student. UCL law student Jonathan Mok, 24, claims the boy told him: "I don't want your coronavirus in my country," before punching him in the face in an unprovoked attack outside a shop in Oxford Street, central London on Feb 24. The defendant told Highbury Court Magistrates' Court he could not have said that as he thought Covid-19 was not real until his grandfather died of the virus around six weeks after the incident. Mr Mok, giving evidence via video link from Singapore, said: "After the punch, I heard him say, 'I don't want your coronavirus in this country'. " Magistrate chair Lesley Ward adjourned the trial to Jan 4. The defendant, of Camden, north London, remains on unconditional bail.

Teenager denies 'racist' attack over virus he saw as fake

A teenager accused of a "racist" attack on a Singapore law student over coronavirus said he thought Covid-19 was fake.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies racially aggravated grievous bodily harm, but admits assaulting the student.

UCL law student Jonathan Mok, 24, claims the boy told him: "I don't want your coronavirus in my country," before punching him in the face in an unprovoked attack outside a shop in Oxford Street, central London on Feb 24.

The defendant told Highbury Court Magistrates' Court he could not have said that as he thought Covid-19 was not real until his grandfather died of the virus around six weeks after the incident.

Mr Mok, giving evidence via video link from Singapore, said: "After the punch, I heard him say, 'I don't want your coronavirus in this country'. "

Magistrate chair Lesley Ward adjourned the trial to Jan 4.

The defendant, of Camden, north London, remains on unconditional bail.