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Brick attack mother 'disappointed'

A mother has said she was "disgusted" and "disappointed" with the sentence handed to a teenager who seriously injured her four-year-old daughter when he threw a brick at a van.

Kallan Richardson, 18, was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders' institution for unlawfully wounding Jersey-Lou Perry in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, in April this year. Jersey-Lou injured her nose and lost two teeth in the attack.

Jersey-Lou's mother, Laura Mussell, described her disappointment at the punishment for the crime, which she said still haunts her daughter.

Speaking after the sentencing at Grimsby Youth Court, Ms Mussell said: "I'm disgusted at the outcome. A year isn't enough. I don't ever want to see him again. Any sentence that would have been given would not have been enough for what he has put me and my family through."

"A four-year-old should never have to go through that. She asks questions about it on a day-to-day basis, which means she must think about it a lot of the time. That's not right. The only thing I am thankful of is that my daughter is of a young age and this incident should not have a lasting impact on her life."

The court heard how Jersey-Lou was in the back of her father's Ford Transit van when a group of youths kicked a football twice at the vehicle as it drove down Rutland Street in the town.

Her father, Kyle Perry, stopped to remonstrate with the group but got back into the van as the youths surrounded the vehicle and started to bang on the back. As Mr Perry drove off, Richardson dislodged a brick from the wall of an unoccupied house, ran with it in his hand and threw it at the van, hitting Jersey-Lou in the face.

Mr Perry turned round to see his daughter had been knocked unconscious and had "blood all over her face". Prosecutor Debbie Sanders said: "At this point, he thought his daughter was dead."

Sentencing Richardson, District Judge Daniel Curtis said he could not have known there was a child in the van, or the damage or injury throwing the brick would cause, but said: "It was reckless and it was dangerous. You were the only one who involved himself in an act of violence that caused this significant injury to this young child."

Richardson, who was wearing a grey tracksuit and a green polo shirt, told the court he was "remorseful" and ashamed of his actions. He was told he will serve half his sentence before being released on licence. His mother kissed him and told him she loved him as he was led out of the court by security guards.


From Belfast Telegraph