16 November 2009
Family to be awarded compensation over attack on toddler
The family of a boy who was hit in the head with a car jack is to be able to claim compensation.
In what has been described as a landmark ruling due to the ages of those concerned, the Tribunals Service ruled in favour of Jay Jones, who was three at the time of the attack.
He had been left alone in a car with another toddler two years ago, but the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority twice refused recompense due to the age of the offender.
Jay's mother, Renai Williams, told the BBC: "It was a vicious attack with such force that his attacker, who was also only three himself, managed to crack the car windscreen."
The age of criminal responsibility is ten, meaning the child cannot be prosecuted, but the case could lead to similar injury claims and the significance is such that the New York Daily News has reported on it in the US.