Readers of a delicate disposition are advised to avoid today’s story of love, tears and forgiveness in the magistrate’s court.
65 year old disability pensioner John Meadmore Symond was facing Magistrate Karen Fryar for punching up the 76 year old Edwin Diehm.
Diehm had been driving a car last October which collided at low speed with Symond’s bicycle in Dickson.
Sadly there’s no mention in the article as to who was at fault in the collision. But as Diehm was trying to stop Symond leaving the scene when he was punched twice in the face that might be some sort of indication.
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And then we get to this:
- Symond broke down as he told the court of his troubled early life and that he was the victim of childhood abuse while in residential care in Britain.
He spoke of his involvement with the Quaker church, the support he had received from the pacifist sect and his sense of shame that he had to admit to an act of violence.
After a public apology to his victim, and Diehm accepting the apology, the charge was proven but without conviction.
Symond did cop a 12 month good behaviour bond.