Without wanting to go into too much detail, earlier in the year, whilst at work, I recieved injuries including scratches and a bite that drew blood, when an seemingly innocuous incident rapidly deteriorated and an individual flew into a rage and attempted to prevent me from leaving their property. My glasses were also damaged. It seems that the individual concerned has 'anger management' issues that were undisclosed at the time. The individual was subsequently arrested, and ended up being charged, and pleading guilty to the two counts of common assault. (on myself and my colleague). The individual has since been remmanded on bail and the case sent to crown court for sentencing.
I just cant help but think that 'common assault' doesn't do this offense justice. I've subsequently been left with scarring on my arm, and as matter of fact person that I am, I do go over the inccident in my head fairly frequently, trying to figure out how I could have avoided it It's the first time in a thirteen (heh) year career that I've been unable to aviod a sticky situation (I don't work in IT, BTW). I also have had to take a fairly unpleasant course of antibiotics, and still have six month blood tests results hanging over me, which obviously isn't nice either.
As the victim, do I have any recourse to disagree with the charge of common assault? I'm no legal expert, I don't really know how these things work, just that I feel increasingly aggrieved that my injuries were put in the same catagory as someone who recieved a shove or similar. It just doesn't seem quite right.
FWIW, I have submitted a further 'witness impact statement, with pictures or my injury as it progressed through the healing process. I don't know if it will make any difference.
Sentencing has currently been delayed pending psychiatric reports.