AN ASSAULT victim has spoken of her anger after a girl who punched her in the face walked away from court with a fine.
Samantha Hellier, 30, was assaulted both verbally and physically by a 17-year-old girl at a bus stop in Cosham in April.
If that person does that crime then they should pay for itSamantha Hellier
But when the case was taken to Fareham Youth Court, the teenager was given a £90 fine.
Now Samantha, from West Leigh, has slammed the courts saying that the sentence was not harsh enough and that more should be done to ensure people are punished for their crimes.
‘If that person does that crime then they should pay for it,’ she said.
‘If you can’t afford to pay for it – don’t commit the crime.
‘The justice system is just disgusting. There isn’t much justice in the world. That’s not the way it should be.’
Samantha hopes people will learn from her experience.
‘They should be hard on everyone or people will just keep reoffending,’ she added.
‘They know that the courts are being soft on them. They need to be harder on them, then they know that they won’t do it again.
‘I think that the judge was too light on her.’
Samantha said the assault left her in shock and she was worried about leaving the house.
‘I was shocked and scared afterwards,’ she said.
‘When it first happened I was a bit worried about going out anywhere.
‘When I did go out and I had somebody sitting next to me on the bus it was a youngster a bit like her and I was a bit wary.
‘She looked a bit like her and it just made me be very careful.
‘If anyone walks behind me when I am walking in the street in the town centre I get worried.
‘I don’t want them to walk behind me. I find that I am looking behind me all the time.
‘I can’t stay in all the time. But I don’t want it to happen again.’
The attack, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Fareham Youth Court.
She was referred to Hampshire youth offender panel for six months and must pay Samantha £50 as well as a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £25.