13/11/2009 09:43 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Boy Wins Compensation After Being Beaten By Another Toddler

A toddler who was hit several times with a car jack by another three-year-old boy has been granted the right to compensation.

Jay Jones, from the Wirral, Merseyside, is now five years old and was attacked by the other boy while they were alone in a car two years ago.

Jay's mother Renai Williams has been fighting for the right to compensation for her son.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has twice refused to pay out because it disputed whether such a young child could be guilty of a crime of violence.

You can see their point - can you say a three-year-old has committed a "crime"?

But Jay was hit 11 times and needed stitches to his head. If he'd been attacked by an adult, he would have been eligible for compensation.

Now Ms Williams says the Tribunals Service has ruled in her favour.

Ms Williams told the BBC: "This has been a long and hard-fought process. We have been knocked back twice by the CICA because in my opinion they didn't take my son's case seriously.

"My son was hit 11 times on his head and face with a car jack, his attacker kept on lashing out even though Jay was screaming out in pain and covered in blood.

"It was a vicious attack with such force that his attacker, who was also only three himself, managed to crack the car windscreen."

The amount of compensation to be paid out has not been decided yet.

Michelle Armstrong, of Kirwans Solicitors which represented the family, told the BBC: "We argued that the age of the perpetrator was irrelevant when claiming compensation from the CICA. And it was on this point that we won."

A CICA spokesman told the BBC it did not comment on individual cases, but said it made "payments to victims of violent crime as a gesture of public sympathy".

Hopefully the boy responsible for the attack is also being given professional help. He cannot be prosecuted for the offence as the age of criminal responsibilty is 10, and is said to be in the care of social services.

What do you think? Should this family be given compensation for the attack?

Source: AOL News

Source: BBC