Posted on 19th January 2016
A 17-year-old boy who launched an unprovoked attack on two schoolboys in Derby’s River Gardens has been sentenced to a six-month detention and training order.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after footage of his attack was posted on the Derbyshire police Facebook page and reached 1.2 million people.
The River Gardens incident happened on Tuesday, December 8 when the two boys were approached by the youth at about 5.20pm. One of the boys was punched and pushed over the railing next to the river, while the second was punched and shoved to the ground on grass next to the Derby City Council House.
The offender was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, a separate offence of assault by beating and an offence of obstructing or resisting a police officer in the execution of duty, which was connected to his arrest.
Detectives who were investigating the assaults turned to Facebook and released CCTV footage in the hope of identifying the offender. Within hours it had sparked numerous responses, with several viewers calling police and naming the same person.
As a result the 17-year-old was arrested, charged and remanded in custody just before Christmas.
Detective Inspector Brian Bilby, who was in charge of the inquiry, said: “We would like to repeat the thanks we gave at the time of the arrest and say a big thank you, first of all to the victims and families for allowing us to release the footage, but also to those on social media who have viewed and shared the clip, resulting in a very positive response to our enquiry.
“We are pleased with the result and hopefully having spent Christmas in custody and now starting his detention and training order, this individual can reflect on his poor behaviour.”
A mother of one of the victims, who wished to remain anonymous, commented: “We would like to thank the public for the support they offered the police during the investigation. We were pleased that the youth was brought to justice swiftly and we would like to thank all of the officers involved.”
The schoolboys did not suffer any lasting physical injuries and are now said to be looking to move on from the incident.