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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Partner of scaffolder Simon Hackett left permanently disabled after unprovoked street assault confronts his attacker in quest for truth

Partner of scaffolder Simon Hackett left permanently disabled after unprovoked street assault confronts his attacker in quest for truth
Partner of scaffolder Simon Hackett left permanently disabled after unprovoked street assault confronts his attacker in quest for truth


Partner of scaffolder Simon Hackett left permanently disabled after unprovoked street assault confronts his attacker in quest for truth

THE partner of a man left with life-changing injuries by a one-punch assault has spoken of her decision to confront his attacker in her quest for the truth.

Caroline Sykes’s world was turned upside down when Simon Hackett, her partner of 17 years, was punched in the face and knocked to the ground as he walked home from a night out in Buttershaw.

Mr Hackett, 37, suffered catastrophic head and brain injuries which have left him unable to talk or walk and totally dependent on nursing care.


His family was unsure if he would even survive the attack, which has left him needing 16 operations to date.

In March last year, 20-year-old Jordan Docherty was sentenced to four years in a young offender institution, his punishment reduced by one year for pleading guilty.

Now, on the second anniversary of the devastating attack, Ms Sykes, 47, has spoken about meeting Docherty as part of the restorative justice programme which brings together people harmed by crime and conflict and those responsible for it.

“I feel that families and friends of the person who has been left in such a bad place, like Simon, that if they were to take a little of time to go through things with them and do what I did, it does make you feel better,” Ms Sykes said.






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