VIC­TIM STORY: ‘I WAS SHAKEN UP’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

AVROM Top­per­man, 39, had been walk­ing to his office in Sed­g­ley Park, Manch­ester when he spot­ted three teenage boys ap­proach­ing him.

Mr Top­per­man, who says he is “vis­i­bly Jewish”, sensed dan­ger and be­gan walk­ing quickly to­wards the office block on De­cem­ber 18 last year.

But as he was about to en­ter he found him­self be­ing pelted with eggs. Mr Top­per­man re­alised im­me­di­ately why he had been sin­gled out.

“I was shaken up by what hap­pened,” said Mr Top­per­man. “For­tu­nately the at­tack hap­pened close to the po­lice train­ing col­lege, and I ran there and re­ported the in­ci­dent.

“The po­lice were very good. They told me a cou­ple of weeks later they had found the three lads.”

The youths, aged 13, 15, and 16, were caught, partly with the help of CCTV footage from cam­eras CST part-funded at a Jewish build­ing near to where the as­sault took place.

Greater Manch­ester Po­lice used restora­tive jus­tice in this case, with the of­fend­ers com­ing face-to-face with their vic­tim to recog­nise the con­se­quence of their ac­tions.

“I found it a very sat­is­fac­tory out­come”, says Mr Top­per­man. “In­stead of drag­ging my case through the courts, even though my ev­i­dence was very strong, I man­aged to get these lads to show re­gret for what they had done.”

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