Nicole Dobbin launches petition to push government to create Simon's Law
The wife of Simon Dobbin, who was ambushed by a gang of 12 thugs after a football match in Essex in 2015 and left brain damaged, is calling on the Government to change the law surrounding his attackers’ punishments.
Nicole Dobbin has launched a petition to see Simon’s Law passed, which would require any person sentenced for violent public disorder which causes harm to another to have to pay a certain percentage of their income or benefits to the NHS for the rest of their lives.
“I’m just thinking about how many hundreds of thousands of pounds it must have cost to keep Simon alive in the first year since the attack and how his treatment is still funded now,” said Nicole, who lives with Simon in Peterhouse Close, Mildenhall.
“The people who did this to Simon are out of prison and getting on with their normal lives.
“If we can get Simon’s Law passed, they will have money taken off them every month and it will be a constant reminder of what they did.
“Why should tax-payers have to fund Simon’s care when they’re getting off scot-free?”
Simon’s story, which aired on BBC One’s DIY SOS at the beginning of this year, has touched the hearts of many across the country who have reached out to give their support to Nicole, Simon and their daughter Emily.
“Everyone is in total agreement that this should happen and it gives me a lot of hope,” said Nicole.
But even Nicole finds it difficult to put into words how it would feel if the law was passed.
“It would mean the world, it would mean that we’ve been heard,” she said.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “While no amount of compensation can make up for the suffering endured by victims of violent crime, they must receive the help they need to rebuild their lives.
“Judges can already order offenders to pay compensation to their victims, while the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme can awards taxpayer-funded payments to make sure victims are properly supported.”
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