The mother of a teenage athlete scarred for life in a brick attack has criticised prosecutors for accepting a lesser charge against her daughter’s attacker.
Samantha Sadler, 17, of Halton, Cheshire, suffered a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured eye socket after a youth hurled a brick through a car window.
The sixth-form student was a back seat passenger in the vehicle in Runcorn, Cheshire, as she returned from athletics training.
Her dreams of representing her country in athletics and a possible modelling career are now on hold because of the incident last June.
A 14-year-old boy admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) and received a 12-month referral order to address his offending behaviour. Runcorn magistrates also ordered him to pay £200 compensation to Miss Sadler.
He was initially charged with causing GBH with intent but his defence team argued there was no intent in the offence.
The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the evidence and ruled a guilty plea to the lesser charge was acceptable.
Her mother, Clare Fraser, told reporters: “I am so angry. It’s ludicrous.
“It just sends out the totally wrong message to the young people that they can do what they want without any consequences. The police did a fantastic job in catching him and charging him but the CPS reduced the charge, they accepted a lower charge.
“Its’ a joke, there was obviously intent but again (it’s) accept a lesser charge, get a guilty conviction, reduce the costs and then they are happy.
“I would like to ask David Cameron and Ken Clarke what they are going to do to mend this broken society we live in?”
Miss Sadler returned to the athletics track in October but needed another operation on her nose and more time for her scars to heal before she can resume modelling.