Imagine having your face bashed in, but your attacker never faces court because the court system can’t get its dates sorted and feels it “unfair” on the accused to keep stuffing him around.
This makes me very angry
A victim of a violent assault is fighting for justice after his alleged attacker’s case was thrown out by a judge who thought it was “unfair” to try him because of a delay in proceedings.
Paul Barry has been seeking an appeal against the ruling.
He had requested a review of the case by the Crown, but last week was told that while his anger and frustration were understood, there could be no appeal and the “serious charge will go unanswered”.
He is now considering a private prosecution.
Mr Barry was at a 30th birthday party in Ranui in March 2011 when he was assaulted. Almost every bone on the right side of his face was broken. He underwent multiple operations for facial reconstruction and now has titanium plates in his skull. He has ongoing complications and permanent damage.
Dion Read, a Les Mills personal trainer, was charged with injuring with intent to injure. He was committed for trial at the Auckland District Court in October last year – after the case failed to go ahead on four earlier dates.