Mum’s anger as yob is only given warning

Angus Whittall
Angus Whittall

A mum has been left seething after it emerged that a yob who left her son bloodied and battered with his own crutches did not even face a court hearing.

Cathy Whittall, 46, of Main Street, Great Oxendon, has criticised the justice system after the culprit escaped with just a warning after her son Angus, 15, was badly beaten in Rothwell and left writhing in pain after his crutches were used to viciously attack him.

Despite identifying the 17-year-old attacker, it took the police a month to arrest him, and after being charged for the offence, the CPS decided against taking the case to court and referred him back to the police for a final warning.

Mrs Whittall said: “Maybe we should rename the CPS the ‘Can’t Protect Society’. We were all so disappointed.

“When my son heard he started shaking his head.

“Now that his attacker has got away with it, he could easily do it again to someone else.

“It was a completely unprovoked attack and there is nothing to stop him doing it again if he knows he will get away with it.

“My son doesn’t fear going out, but he is now wary around particular types of people.

“When the officer called to give us the verdict, I expected it when she told me he had just been referred back to the police.”

Angus was left needing stitches after the assault but has since recovered.

He was nursing a knee injury at the time of the attack, which took place on July 29.

The attacker was due to face an actual bodily harm charge in youth court at Kettering Magistrates on Friday, September 7.

The police arrested the perpetrator from Rothwell at the end of August.

The family felt so strongly about the incident that Mrs Whittall started a petition calling for quicker justice, which was signed by 150 people.

A spokesman for CPS East Midlands said: “A senior Crown prosecutor has reviewed all the facts in this case, including the aggravating and mitigating factors.

“The circumstances behind this assault fit the national criteria for a final warning, which has now been formally administered by a police officer.

“Reprimands and warnings are often used as a method of addressing the behaviour of young people with the intervention of the local youth offending team.

“The views of the victim and his family have been taken into account in reaching this decision.”

The family are awaiting a letter from the CPS on the reasons behind the case not reaching court before discussing further action.

A police spokesman said: “Following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, it was determined that he receive a final warning, rather than appear before the court.”