Father’s anger at justice system after son’s arm is shattered in unprovoked attack
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THE father of a Witchford schoolboy whose arm was stamped on and shattered by a 10-year-old has hit out at the justice system after the assailant escaped with just a police warning.
Kane Wilson was playing football with friends on Victoria Green in the village last year when, unprovoked, he was hauled to the ground by the boy and his arm stamped on, causing his elbow to dislocate and the bones to break in three places.
Kane’s father Nick rushed his son, then aged 11, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the youngster, who attends Witchford Village College, has since been through two operations to correct the damage.
Doctors may yet have to operate a third time on the injured arm and Kane, a keen footballer, will never be able to completely straighten the elbow joint, something which, his father fears, could harm his future employment prospects.
Kane missed three months off his first year in secondary school and was left fearful of going out to play with his friends again following the incident.
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After making a complaint against the boy who carried out the attack, who cannot be named because of his age, the Crown Prosecution Service told Mr Wilson that solicitors would pursue a charge of grievous bodily harm in the courts.
A few months later, however, the Wilsons, of Granary End, were told that the charge would be downgraded to actual bodily harm.
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Then, just as the case was due to go to court, the Crown Prosecution Service said that the charge would be downgraded for a second time.
It was eventually agreed that the boy, now aged 11, would accept a final police warning, which carries no punishment, leaving Mr Wilson frustrated and upset.
He said: “I think it is outrageous that this boy has got away without a criminal record. It just seemed to me that the prosecutors were scared to do anything because of his age.
“Basically, he has been allowed to do what he has done because of his age and get away with it because of his age. They are frightened of having anyone in the court system at that age.
“I feel let down by the Crown Prosecution Service.”