Victim refused to give evidence because of his religion
An assault victim refused to give details of his attack to a court because he said his Christian beliefs meant he did not think punishment by the court was appropriate.
David Roberts was attacked on two occasions on the same night at his home by two men in circumstances which the judge said would “never be fully resolved”.
Mr Roberts was assaulted twice on April 10, once on the doorstep of his home and the other outside by Alain Ali and Frank Camille who were both drunk but the judge said there was nothing to explain how the incident came about.
He said it would never become clear because Mr Roberts did not want to see his attackers punished.
“David Roberts described in his statement a sustained attack when both inside and outside his house. However he has provided the court with a further statement in which he says that because of his Christian beliefs he doesn’t regard punishment for what you did as appropriate and he doesn’t wish to take part in any court proceedings against you,” said Judge Christopher Vosper.
Ali, aged 24, and Camille, aged 28, both of Baywood Avenue, West Cross, had pleaded guilty to assault on a basis of the facts but the prosecution did not accept that and wanted a trial to determine the actual case.
When Mr Roberts said he would not participate, they had to accept defendants’ version of events and accepted their pleas to affray and actual bodily harm.
The pair said they had been involved in one incident on the doorstep and as they went to walk away, Mr Robert’s dog followed them and bit Camille and then returned to attack him a second time.
He was left with head injuries as well as wounds to his arms and body.
He said probation reports about the pair showed they had potential.
“Each of you apparently is capable of being a responsible and helpful member of the community,” said the judge.
He said Camille’s neighbours had written letters praising support for him and said Ali had a promising career in football playing or coaching ahead of him.
The judge gave both men concurrent terms of 12 months for both offences.
Ali, who was subject to a suspended sentence at the time, was given a consecutive term of four weeks.