Charges sicken me – wife of beaten Simon

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY LUKE TRAYNOR luke.traynor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

THE wife of an Orm­skirk man bru­tally bat­tered and left per­ma­nently brain dam­aged by a gang of thugs has slammed the charges filed against his at­tack­ers.

Simon Dob­bin, now 44, was left in a coma af­ter the sav­age beat­ing when a gang of yobs rained punches and kicks on him fol­low­ing a foot­ball match be­tween Southend United and Cam­bridge United.

Mr Dob­bin, a Liver­pool FC fan who grew up in the town, is now un­able to walk or talk and re­quires round-the­clock care from his de­voted wife, Ni­cole.

Many have ques­tioned why his at­tack­ers were charged with vi­o­lent dis­or­der, which car­ries a max­i­mum sentence of five years in prison, and not a more se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm or at­tempted mur­der.

Ni­cole, 46, from Milden­hall in Suf­folk, said: “Them not fac­ing more se­ri­ous charges was re­ally frus­trat­ing.

“The prob­lem was, po­lice couldn’t pin­point who ac­tu­ally caused the in­juries so they had to go with vi­o­lent dis­or­der.

“But that’s a pretty low sentence – three of those re­spon­si­ble got five years, mean­ing they’ll only serve one­and-a-half years.

“I just can’t be­lieve that grown men will ar­range to go and meet and beat the cr*p out of each other. “It sick­ens me. “The fact three de­fen­dants got five years was purely be­cause two of them clearly had Simon’s blood on them.

“And the other de­fen­dant had sent a Face­book mes­sage say­ing that he had blood on his shoes and he had got rid of them.

“The charge should have been a lot higher, al­though it came out that Simon suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest and needed CPR, he was clin­i­cally dead for seven min­utes.

“So, if they hadn’t have man­aged to bring Simon back, it would have been a mur­der charge.”

Simon grew up in Orm­skirk un­til he joined the RAF at 18.

Be­fore the Southend at­tack in March, 2015, he would travel most fort­nights to An­field from his home in Suf­folk.

Ni­cole has now given up her job as a carer to look af­ter her hus­band full­time.

Af­ter a six-week trial at Basil­don Crown Court, all 13 men in the dock were found guilty – nine con­victed of vi­o­lent dis­or­der, three of con­spir­acy to com­mit vi­o­lent dis­or­der, and a 13th man was found guilty of as­sist­ing an of­fender,

They were sen­tenced to a com­bined to­tal of 42 years in prison.

The yob gang scouted out lo­ca­tions as they planned the at­tack in re­venge for a fight ear­lier in the day in which Mr Dob­bin had no in­volve­ment.

Foot­ball fan Simon Dob­bin, above, at a char­ity foot­ball match at Ely FC ded­i­cated to him, with his wife, Ni­cole, and daugh­ter, Emily, and, right, Simon and Ni­cole out­side Basil­don Crown court

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