Night club hits out over sentence
TEENAGE night-clubber Rosie McCann today spoke of the injustice she has suffered after her attacker was given a six month conditional discharge.Miss McCann was assaulted outside Liquid nightclub in Ipswich on her 19th birthday Ipswich in October – an attack which has still left her with facial injuries some six weeks later.
TEENAGE night-clubber Rosie McCann today spoke of the injustice she has suffered after her attacker was given a six month conditional discharge.
Miss McCann was assaulted outside Liquid nightclub in Ipswich on her 19th birthday Ipswich in October – an attack which has still left her with facial injuries some six weeks later.
Her attacker was given a six month conditional discharge after admitting punching the Ipswich woman in the incident in the early hours of Friday October 18.
She was ordered to pay £1,200 in compensation, but Miss McCann's father Jim has blasted the sentence as inadequate, claiming that his daughter has suffered far more than her attacker.
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He said the decision to allow her back into public life was wrong as his daughter had told police the attack was pre-meditated.
He also called for the magistrates who made the decision should be held accountable for their actions.
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Mr McCann said: "The norm should be that nobody should be allowed to attack anybody. You can't protect your children when they go out, but they shouldn't come back looking like this.
"We've suffered as a family far more that than the girl who attacked Rosie – she has missed out on fully qualifying as a fitness teacher because of the attack."
Miss McCann said she had been out at Liquid in Cardinal Park when enjoying the evening before her birthday with friends.
"I'd had an argument with her about a boy a week earlier, but wasn't aware of her in the club.
"I was on the phone when she pulled my head down on to her knee and smashed it a couple of times. She then walked off.
Miss McCann was left with cuts and bruises to her nose, forehead and eyes after the attack at 2am on the morning of her birthday.
Her nose has been left out of alignment and will require an operation to correct it.
"The incident happened outside the club and there were CCTV cameras everywhere, but there was no film of the actual incident.
Miss McCann said she was scared of reprisal attacks but said it wouldn't stop her enjoying nights out in Ipswich.
"There is no way I'm going to stop going out. I'm not intimidated. If it happens again there will be even more of a case for me."