Sunday, 15 November 2009

The Wrong Decision


Library photograph

Much has been said in the media over the past 48 hours about a child who was battered by a three-year-old.

A tribunal has ruled that Jay (the injured child) qualifies for criminal injuries compensation sets a precedent because his assailant was too young to be prosecuted.

It appears both the children were left in a car, in which a car jack was easily accessible.

Surely it's not the taxpayer who should be paying the compensation but the car owner who was stupid enough to leave such an item inside the car and within easy reach of two small children. I'd go as far to say the adult responsible should be charged with negligence.


8 comments:

tris said...

Agreed.

It seems strange that there are prosecutions for parents who are seeming to buy alcohol for 17 year olds (but aren't), or are hanging on tightly to their child in a crowded shop, and yet leaving two young children alone in a car with this heavy piece of metalware draws no punishment...

subrosa said...

Not a mention about the responsible adult anywhere tris.

They should be paying the compensation, not us taxpayers.

Oldrightie said...

Most kids these days are children of The State. Ergo, they seek to destroy anything considered of value.

subrosa said...

But surely OR the parent should be the responsible one not the child? Have we gone mad in this country? Don't answer.

BTS said...

I would have suggested giving the assailant some sort of award as there are already too many snot-nosed rats running around, but he failed to finish the job..

Dramfineday said...

Mmmm one thing else about this story that has puzzled me somewhat......have you tried picking up a car jack? I suggest it wasn't that at all, rather it was the handle or something to do with taking the hub cap off. Never the less, if there had to be litigation then it should have been private. What the Frinstance does a three year old know about criminal assalt?

subrosa said...

Dram, I think it must have been the handle. Still, what was the handle doing inside a car which transports wee ones?

To any 3 year old it could be the same as a rubber toy surely.

Dramfineday said...

Indeed, indeed and maybe - still a tad heavy I think for a three year old?? Still as an old buftie I need the ralgex these days to lift heavy items (and then a lie down in a dark room) LOL

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