Sentence for Cheshire brick attack 'too lenient'

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Samantha Sadler
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Samantha Sadler was a part-time model before the attack

The mother of a teenager scarred for life when a brick was thrown at a car has criticised the sentence given to her attacker.

Athlete Samantha Sadler, 17, of Widnes, Cheshire, was heading home from training when the brick was thrown.

Runcorn magistrates fined the 14-year-old £200 and gave him a 12-month referral order after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Samantha's mother said the sentence was "insulting".

Clare Fraser said her daughter was left with a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured eye socket after the incident last June and had to have tests on her brain after the attack.

She said: "He should have at least been given a custodial sentence.

"It would have sent a message out that you're not allowed to do these type of things."

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The 17-year-old was left with a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured eye socket

The youth was initially charged with causing grievous bodily harm 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.

Samantha, a promising athlete who worked as a part-time model before the attack, said she is now well enough to train but suffers from occasional double vision.

She said: "I was petrified at what could happen because I couldn't see anything so I thought that I might be blind for the rest of my life.

"I was saying I'd never be able to run again, to compete or train, never be able to do modelling. It was so scary as well.

"It's made me more determined to be more successful in athletics. I really want to do it for myself now to prove that nothing can hold me back."

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