Victim of punch in Bideford not happy with a voucher
A £25 Marks & Spencer voucher and a letter of apology is not enough compensation, says a 22-year-old who was punched by an autism sufferer when he offered him help.
Tom Kennedy, from Barnstaple, was taking a friend for some driving practice near Broomhayes School in Bideford when the pair noticed a man sitting on the side of a pavement in his pyjamas.
Tom pulled up by him to ask if he needed any help but in response he received a strike to the face.
Tom assumed the man was from Broomhayes School, which is an independent residential and day school for children and young people with autism. He contacted the school and the police.
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The school said the man was someone they support and has apologised for the matter.
But Tom is unhappy with the outcome.
He said: "I have a head injury so if I get hit in the head it is really serious. I had to go to hospital to get myself checked out. I had bruising.
"I haven't wanted to press charges for the assault but I expected more from Broomhayes than a £25 voucher for Marks & Spencer.
"It is just the way they dealt with it, it's a joke."
A spokesman from the National Autistic Society, which manages Broomhayes School, said: "We are aware of an incident between a person we support and a local resident.
"We understand that this was a distressing situation, and we will continue to work with the local resident to reach a resolution."