If it’s crime against people with disabilities, we don’t care
A spate of horrific attacks has gone almost completely unnoticed
It was a shocking crime. Two soldiers, out for a night drinking near their training camp in Wales, came across a pair of teenagers quietly walking home together – and decided to target, abuse and beat them after taking them down a dark alley. The younger boy, only 16 years old, was left unconscious and and was in a coma for three days. His friend, older by two years, managed to escape after being punched, kicked and hit with a terracotta pot, leaving a trail of blood across the street as he fled.
So what caused such a brutal attack? Simple: the victims were people with disabilities and this horrific assault was described in court as “entertainment”. Both were autistic, and the younger boy was also deaf. They were naive and trusting, like many with learning difficulties, having led sheltered lives. Even before this sadistic assault the 18-year-old struggled to mix with other people; imagine the psychological scars left now by such hideous savagery. …