AN ASSAULT victim’s young carer-daughter is to write to the convict who left her dad with devastating injuries.
Teenager Kimberley Pasquill-Bailey says she wants to show jailbird Christopher O’Neill the full consequences of his near-lethal attack on father John and what she is doing to “fight back” after the thug was recently granted a sentence cut.
That fight-back comprises raising the profile of and money for Wigan Victim Support and Witness Service, which received a £400 cheque from her the other day.
She and 12 family and friends took part in a six-mile sponsored walk around Haigh Hall to raise the cash and Kimberley says more events will follow.
What triggered the Ashton 18-year-old’s campaign was the discovery in February that the 42-year-old from Scholes would not be kept behind bars indefinitely after all and instead be given a fixed, four-year term. He had successfully appealed against an indeterminate sentence for public protection and his new sentence means he could be back on the streets within months.
O’Neill had launched a frenzied and unprovoked attack on Mr Pasquill last year, leaving him for dead and with long-term severe disabilities. With no chance to put in a counter-challenge to the Court of the Appeal ruling, Kimberley has had to make the most of the situation in other ways.
The Wigan and Leigh College student said: “The fund-raising walk at Haigh Hall was just the first event for Victim Support. It is my way of making something positive out of an awful situation.
“I plan to write to the man who attacked my dad to let him and his family know the full consequences of what he did. How he left my dad with permanent disabilities because of a stupid act and that his daughter went from being a girl to his full-time carer in no time at all and missed out on so much as a result.”
Kimberley said she wanted to say a special thank-you to Copy Cats of Ashton who had sorted out free T-shirts and leaflets for the charity walkers on the day.