A STAR Wigan athlete and model has told of her anger after a thug who smashed her in the face with a brick was fined just £200.
Terrified Samantha Fraser, a heptathlete member of Wigan Harriers and tipped to be the new Jessica Ennis, feared both of her careers were in ruins after the missile left her with appalling injuries.
The 17-year-old suffered a fractured skull, broken nose and eye socket in a random attack in Widnes, where she lives, last June.
The attacker, a 14-year-old boy, was riding on a bike when he threw the brick which shattered the window of the car in which Samantha was travelling with friends and hit her on the side of the head.
This week the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted assault and was given the £200 fine.
Samantha, who is now back in training at Robin Park and dates up-and-coming Latics player Josh Langley, said: “I didn’t see anything at the time. The brick smashed the window, hit me and my eyes closed. The last thing I saw was lots of blood and then I thought I had been blinded.
“All sorts of things went through my mind. I thought ‘I will never be able to see or compete or run again.
“Everyone in the car was panicking and screaming.”
Samantha was initially taken to Whiston Hospital but then transferred to the Aintree Hospital where she underwent 10 hours of surgery on her 17th birthday to help re-construct her damaged features.
She said: “They had to pull my face forward. I also had a brain scan and it was really frightening waiting for the results of that.”
Eight months later and Samantha’s recovery is well under way, However she is still suffering from double vision (which will eventually correct itself) which is preventing her from resuming her hurdles training.
She is also waiting to undergo a “nose job” which her agency Euro Teens have told her she will need in order to have a chance of doing more shoots. Samantha, who has already represented her country and wants eventually to compete in world championships and the Olympics, says she is still keen to do modelling because she enjoys it so much.
But the sentencing of the youngster has left her feeling angry.
She said: “Considering what I have been through £200 fine is nothing: it is an insult, as if he is being allowed to stick two fingers up at me.”
However she added: “This horrible experience has made me stronger and more determined to be successful in athletics.”