Youths spared jail for attack on 'vulnerable' man

Scene of the attack: the 'vulnerable' man was set upon on Bridge Street

Scene of the attack: the 'vulnerable' man was set upon on Bridge Street

First published in News

TWO teenagers came “within a whisker” of imprisonment after pleading guilty to attacking a “vulnerable man” who was left with a badly broken arm.

The 16 and 15 year olds, who cannot legally be named, were back before magistrates in St Helens to face sentence.

Both had admitted attacking the man on Bridge Street in April, striking him on the head as they cycled past. He was knocked to the floor and fell against railings, breaking his arm.

Three pins and a metal rod were inserted into his arm following surgery.

After CCTV images of the pair were published on the Star’s website they handed themselves into police.

The court heard how the man, who has problems with communication, had walked past a group of youths as he made his way home.

He ignored comments made by the gang as he walked by then felt two blows to his head.

Solicitor Frank Roe defending said: “The pair didn’t know what had happened until it went ‘viral’, for want of a better word. It appeared to be all over the place.

“There was genuine remorse. It was a clear case of not understanding the consequences of their actions.”

Mr Roe described it as a “seminal lesson” in how not to live their lives and how the “consequences of your actions could be far beyond what you originally thought might happen.”

“This was stupid, not malicious,” he said. “I think they will go away from here and you won’t see them in a court in the future.”

He said that sending them into custody would “brutalise” them.

Magistrates told the boys: "This victim will want to know and be satisfied that justice has been done."

Both were given a 12 month referral order, which means they will have the opportunity to address their offending behaviour.

They were also both fined £265 which will be paid by their parents or guardian.

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2:54pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Hughwithaview says...

Justice has been done?

It's great isn't it - two morons can attack a vunerable man, break his arm and walk away. No wonder there is no fear attached to crime when it comes to the perpertrator. It's the victims as usual that go through all the horror of what happened to them, twice - at the time of the actual crime and then again when the Courts inevitably let them down.
Justice has been done? It's great isn't it - two morons can attack a vunerable man, break his arm and walk away. No wonder there is no fear attached to crime when it comes to the perpertrator. It's the victims as usual that go through all the horror of what happened to them, twice - at the time of the actual crime and then again when the Courts inevitably let them down. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 30

3:38pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mattmxl says...

It's a disappointing sentence from the outside. It doesn't greatly reassure me when I'm walking the streets of the Town Centre. Difficult to comment on particulars with any authority really but, as said above, a broken arm to a vulnerable individual from multiple people who are prone to that type of behaviour should surely see them removed from society for a period of time. Frank Roe sounds like a good guy for defence should you ever need him!
It's a disappointing sentence from the outside. It doesn't greatly reassure me when I'm walking the streets of the Town Centre. Difficult to comment on particulars with any authority really but, as said above, a broken arm to a vulnerable individual from multiple people who are prone to that type of behaviour should surely see them removed from society for a period of time. Frank Roe sounds like a good guy for defence should you ever need him! mattmxl
  • Score: 14

5:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

frankly says...

what annoys me is the cant be named law.. on the first day of becoming a teen, it should be splashed over every local newspaper.
what annoys me is the cant be named law.. on the first day of becoming a teen, it should be splashed over every local newspaper. frankly
  • Score: 15

8:51am Fri 1 Aug 14

mattmxl says...

Have to agree really, they should be allowed to be named! However, if you are bothered about the names of these individuals, they were leaked elsewhere.
Have to agree really, they should be allowed to be named! However, if you are bothered about the names of these individuals, they were leaked elsewhere. mattmxl
  • Score: 5

10:12am Fri 1 Aug 14

Bill Bradbury says...

I think it's a disgraceful sentence. They should have given them a free holiday somewhere to rehabilitate them.
I think it's a disgraceful sentence. They should have given them a free holiday somewhere to rehabilitate them. Bill Bradbury
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sankey says...

Bill Bradbury wrote:
I think it's a disgraceful sentence. They should have given them a free holiday somewhere to rehabilitate them.
I agree this is clearly societies fault and the two lads are victims. At the very least a free weekend in Alton towers should be offered as recompense for their suffering
[quote][p][bold]Bill Bradbury[/bold] wrote: I think it's a disgraceful sentence. They should have given them a free holiday somewhere to rehabilitate them.[/p][/quote]I agree this is clearly societies fault and the two lads are victims. At the very least a free weekend in Alton towers should be offered as recompense for their suffering Sankey
  • Score: 2

3:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

kopend says...

What they really need is a good kicking see how they enjoy it
What they really need is a good kicking see how they enjoy it kopend
  • Score: 10

11:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

butscratcher says...

do the crime !! you pay the time !!! end of .
do the crime !! you pay the time !!! end of . butscratcher
  • Score: 4

1:06pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Sankey says...

butscratcher wrote:
do the crime !! you pay the time !!! end of .
Not in Britain you don't. Do the crime get let off
[quote][p][bold]butscratcher[/bold] wrote: do the crime !! you pay the time !!! end of .[/p][/quote]Not in Britain you don't. Do the crime get let off Sankey
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Sat 2 Aug 14

peterxu says...

Thanks to the Tories. They still want cut the police budget and at the same time give away billions as foreign aid!
Thanks to the Tories. They still want cut the police budget and at the same time give away billions as foreign aid! peterxu
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Sun 3 Aug 14

jumperr says...

Why isn't the council leaders and the like not supporting these comments,if the magistrates think they are doing a public service I think retraining should be on the agenda,
Why isn't the council leaders and the like not supporting these comments,if the magistrates think they are doing a public service I think retraining should be on the agenda, jumperr
  • Score: 5

6:46pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ollie70 says...

Just been reading about a man's punishment for swinging a chihuahua round his head. His punishment was worse than for this crime. Unreal!!
Just been reading about a man's punishment for swinging a chihuahua round his head. His punishment was worse than for this crime. Unreal!! ollie70
  • Score: 1

3:25pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MrBenggo says...

Just reading all the comments and everyone is agreed,a pathetic example of British justice,will no one in authority listen to the public and get real with sentencing,name and shame,for all I know one of 'em might be living next door.
Some time back,a youth from N-le-Willows attacked a school teacher with a length of wood and nearly blinded him,the police would not issue a photograph for publication,however,
a member of the public did and the photograph was printed,so anyone out there,if you know who they are,let us all know who the thugs are.
Just reading all the comments and everyone is agreed,a pathetic example of British justice,will no one in authority listen to the public and get real with sentencing,name and shame,for all I know one of 'em might be living next door. Some time back,a youth from N-le-Willows attacked a school teacher with a length of wood and nearly blinded him,the police would not issue a photograph for publication,however, a member of the public did and the photograph was printed,so anyone out there,if you know who they are,let us all know who the thugs are. MrBenggo
  • Score: 3

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