I kept the letter that he sent me, it was a â€˜fuck you Guardian-weâ€™re the best at what we doâ€™. It was a thank you letter from a victim of an ABH, to my embarrassment it went all the way to the Superintendent. He even remembered my name a few times I bumped into him around the nick which is unusual-If you donâ€™t produce detections, he doesnâ€™t know you.
Micky had been beaten to a pulp during an unprovoked attacked. A Good Samaritan had offered to film it rather than stop the assault and this was subsequently seized and used as evidence. It should a savage animal windmilling with arms, the boy on the ground curled up in the foetal position and his sobs of pain could be heard over the cheering.
He is a little ginger kid, kooky, gawky and geeky and is the kindest fool youâ€™d ever hope to meet. KH and I spent a long time taking a statement from him. He had been hurt, in the notes of the file, another PC had evidence the fact that he had been stamped on and a prominent Nike tick was imprinted on his chest. Iâ€™m not easily shocked, but the attack was barbaric and left everyone involved disgusted with the suspectâ€™s action.
Micky was a repeat victim of bullying at school, the bully didnâ€™t like for reasons unknown so months of abuse were in order. He assaulted Micky a week before the main attack, he punched him and he felt he had to hide it from his mother. His mother noticed a change in his behaviour, he suddenly did not want to leave the house, he would hurry home from school and would rarely talk. She had to squeeze the information out of him and she insisted he go to the police. He refused initially as he felt it wasnâ€™t serious enough.
When the main attacked happened, he could no longer hide if from his mother and the true extent of the abuse was now bare for all to see. His mother was in tears, she blamed herself for not seeing it earlier and Micky felt guilty for not telling her sooner.
I took a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) from him which detailed the emotion affect the abuse had had on him. He couldnâ€™t sleep, he couldnâ€™t eat and he feared going outside. He even ended up seeing a councillor about it because the attack what that ferocious and scary.
A month later a badly spelt email was in my inbox. It was Micky and he informed me that the suspect had received a suspended sentence and had to pay damages and court fees. If it were up to me heâ€™d serve the full prison sentence immediately rather than â€˜maybe next yearâ€¦â€™ Everyone in the nick clubbed together and brought him Clubland FC tickets. They lost and a small riot happened at the end but he said it was great regardless.
Itâ€™s a shame I hadnâ€™t heard of Child Victims of Crime, as an officer I could have recommended him but I know he liked the football anyway.
I love reading all the bad press about it, mainly because I know in my heart of hearts, everyday officers go the extra mile to save, heal and help victims. Sometimes they get it wrong and we all know: thereâ€™s no news like bad news…