This is the shocking moment an aspiring teenage boxer savagely battered an autistic 14 year old schoolboy as laughing pals filmed the sickening attack.
Harrowing footage recorded by an onlooker shows Mackenzie Mealor being brutally assaulted after he was ambushed outside a train station.
The youngster was left with a swollen jaw and bruising all over his body after he received seven heavy punches during the violent attack.
Letter of apology deemed fitting punishment
According to his mum, Mackenzie was lured to the Ellesmere Port Railway Station before being set upon by the bully as a group of 30 youths egged him on.
The attacker was later spoken to by police who decided the best punishment was to make him write a letter of apology.
Mackenzie’s mum Kim Mealor, 33, has now slammed the decision to let the culprit off ‘scot-free’ as her son now suffers from anxiety attacks and nightmares.
Attack left a massive impact on the victim
Mum-of-three Mealor, a care worker from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, said, “After it happened my son came home and he was in a right state.
“The lad had threatened to bully him nearly three weeks before this happened. When I saw the video was posted on Facebook I was disgusted.
“He was with a group of so-called friends that lured him down to Ellesmere Port Railway Station.
“That’s when the lad just turned up and set on him – the other group are all from another school.
“He’s not eating properly and that’s having a knock on effect with the medicine he’s taking for his condition – it beginning not to work and it’s making him poorly.
“I’m having to take him to see a paediatrician, its having a massive impact on his life.”
‘Kids will be kids’, say police
“We told the police about what happened and they said they would get him done for a Section 39 assault – but nothing has happened,” Mealor continued.
“One of them said ‘kids will be kids’- so all we got was this letter of apology.
“This lad’s just going to go on bullying people, he shouldn’t get away with what he’s done.
“That boy deserves to have been hauled in front of the youth court to receive a proper punishment. Otherwise he knows he can get away with this sort of behaviour.
“I just want him to know that he can’t go around hitting people with disabilities, knowing they won’t fight back.”
It is understood the 14 year old assailant has now been kicked out of the boxing club he attends following the incident.
‘A fair and proportionate outcome’
The attack took place at around 3:45pm on 18 November last year, but footage of the attack has only recently surfaced.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police has defended its actions, describing the outcome as “fair and proportionate”.
A force spokesperson said, “Officers from Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit have spoken to all those involved in the incident and, as part of ongoing enquiries, a 14 year old boy has voluntarily attended a police station where he was interviewed under caution.
“The teenager has subsequently admitted his part in the incident.
“Following a thorough investigation and, having consulted with a number of partners in the criminal justice process, we have reached what we believe is a fair and proportionate outcome in this particular case.
“We have spoken to everyone involved to ensure they have been kept fully updated.
“Cheshire Constabulary takes any allegations of assault seriously and all incidents that are reported to us will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate action taken where necessary.”