Monday, December 3, 2012

UK - Paperboy is innocent victim of a vigilante (Paul Caulfield)

Original Article

Just one more of the growing reasons why the online registry should be taken offline! Even if the kid did what is claimed, he doesn't deserve to be assaulted by anybody!



A battered paperboy told last night how a vigilante spat in his face without warning before smashing his jaw apart in a savage street assault.

Defenceless Dominic Scullion was on his round when Paul Caulfield, 41, suddenly attacked him over claims the 16-year-old had raped a schoolgirl.

The crazed brute floored Dominic with a single punch and repeatedly beat him about the head as he lay unconscious on the ground.

Caulfield was later jailed for eight months, while Dominic — who has always protested his own innocence — was never charged over the sex attack allegations.

Reliving his ordeal, the schoolboy said: “I was walking away from a house after delivering a paper and had my headphones on listening to music.”

I got a tap on my back and thought it was one of my friends. I turned round and it was a middle-aged guy. He spat in my face.”

Next thing I remember is opening my eyes and thinking I’d had a dream. I was confused and wondered where I was.”

Frantic pals had raced to Dominic’s home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, to tell his family he had been injured.

His shocked relatives thought he had been mown down by a CAR when they saw him lying blood-soaked at the side of the road.

Dominic, now 17, added: “I opened my eyes and saw my dad. He told me it would be OK. Then I blacked out again.”

Witnesses claimed they begged Caulfield to stop as he laid into the teenager.

A source close to the family revealed: “An elderly couple said they saw this guy walking down and tapping Dominic on the shoulder. He turned and the guy spat in his face, then punched him.”

He then continuously attacked him while he was unconscious. He was shouting about the rape allegations. The old man was blasting his horn and people came outside, so the guy eventually stopped.”

Dominic was rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, for surgery.

He said: “My jaw was broken in three places. The bit between my nose and my mouth was also split and needing stitches.”

I needed surgery to have three titanium strips inserted in my jaw — and I was on a liquid diet for six weeks.”

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