In an age when you can get half a squillion pounds for having your tit groped in the stationery cupboard, suffering horrendous injury to your feelings for being called a rude name or getting Ă‚ÂŁ400,000 for cutting your finger, it seems ever more difficult to get any kind of compensation for a just & proper cause.
Kevin Johnson was 22 years old & the father of a baby son when he confronted a group of youths outside his house who were keeping his baby awake.
As a result, he died from a stab wound to the chest. This was in Sunderland in 2007.
His father has been trying to get compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency ever since.
He has been turned down three times. He is trying to claim Ă‚ÂŁ11,000 for the loss of his son’s life. The reason given by the CICA for denying any compensation is because they have ruled that by leaving his home to confront the group he contributed to his own death!
Dean Curtis, who was 18 at the time, Tony Hawkes, 17 & Jordan Towers, 16, were all given life sentences for murder with a minimum tarif of 17,16 & 13 years.
A CICA spokesman said “We consider all available evidence in reaching our decisions, including relevant witness statements. If this evidence shows that a victim’s behaviour contributed significantly to the incident they were involved in, then we have to take that into account.”
This country truly has gone mad.