Henry Webster, just 15 at the time, was left fighting for his life after being repeatedly punched, kicked and hit with the sharp end of a claw hammer by a gang of Asian MUSLIM youths on the tennis courts at Ridgeway School in Wroughton.
A schoolboy who suffered brain damage in a ‘Quentin Tarantino style’ hammer attack lost his £1million battle for compensation today. Mr Webster was seeking damages for the lifetime of care he will need but the Ridgeway School denied all liability for his injuries.
Mr Webster, now 18, insisted the attack was racially motivated and claimed there was a negligent failure by the school, which denied liability, to maintain proper discipline. He claimed at the High Court that politically correct teachers were to blame because they had been afraid to deal with racial tensions in the school.
The rugby playing schoolboy suffered a fractured skull in a sickening attack likened in court to a scene from the violent films of Quentin Tarantino, which include Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Death Proof. Witnesses watched in horror as blood ‘squirted’ from his head after the Asian MUSLIM gang, made up of a number of pupils and young men from outside the school, ambushed him after lessons in January 2007.
Mr Webster was struck with such force that an inch-deep imprint of the hammer was left on his skull, which fractured in three places. The gang then ran off whooping and shouting ‘we’ve done it’.
Twelve youths, including Wasif Khan, 18, and Amjad Qazi, 19, were jailed for carrying out the attack at Bristol Crown Court in 2008.
The sentencing judge, Carol Hagen, called it ‘a savage and sustained attack’, and said it was ‘a miracle that young Henry survived’.
She also criticised the school for not stopping the fight before it got out of hand as no staff were on hand despite a previous incident when armed police had to be called to the school. The victim has been left with brain damage and suffers from short-term memory loss and blackouts.
On the day of the attack, Mr Webster had an altercation with a 15-year-old Asian MUSLIM boy who ‘picked a fight’ with him and asked to meet him on the tennis courts after school. He agreed to a ‘one-on-one’ confrontation – but when he arrived he was ambushed by the gang, family and friends of the Asian MUSLIM youth who were summoned by mobile phone. In the High Court hearing, Mr Webster legal team said that a ‘culture of racist bullying and harassment’ had built up around a 30-strong gang called the ‘Asian Invasion‘.
Teachers were too anxious about being seen as bigoted to intervene, but white pupils were branded ‘racist’ by the acting headmaster and given harsher punishments, it was said. One pupil was disciplined for wearing an England football shirt.
Ethnic groups were encouraged to separate and racial intimidation and violence became a ‘feature of the life of the school’ with eruptions of ‘extreme acts of violence’, it was alleged.
In his ruling today, Mr Justice Nicol said the school did not breach its duty to take reasonable care to keep Mr Webster reasonably safe while on its premises. The judge said that Mr Webster was the victim of a ‘brutal and criminal attack, which was very nearly fatal and left him with serious injuries’. But he said Mr Webster and his family had been unable to prove the necessary causal link between the things that the school did not do and his head injuries.
The judge said: ‘Those immediately responsible have been prosecuted and punished. If they had any money, they could also be sued in the civil courts. UK DAILY MAIL
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