A young man who has never been to university but has become a media sensation after being found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend has said he’s been bullied at university because of his religion.
“I’ve been bullied and my friends have been bullied,” said the victim, whose identity has not been revealed.
“I’m really angry that this has happened to me, and I feel like I’m going to lose my education, and my future.”
A 16-year-old boy was convicted of assault for attacking his girlfriend on September 30 after she accused him of assaulting her at their home.
He had earlier denied the charge, and had pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault and one of common violence.
The young man, who cannot be named, was found guilty in the High Court of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two of common bodily harm and one count of common injury.
The judge said he had not seen the CCTV footage from the time of the attack and had not heard any evidence about the victim.
“There is no evidence of him making threats to her or her being intimidated or threatened,” he said.
The case prompted a furious reaction from the young man’s mother, who described the victim as a victim.
The 16-yr-old told the ABC he was “disgusted” by the verdict.
“The judge has said it was an accident, but it’s not an accident and it’s been there for months,” he told the news program.
“She was just trying to break up a relationship.
It’s the kind of thing you expect from someone who has been there as a student and is a victim, and that’s the way it should be.”
The victim has also been accused of having a mental illness and being an attention seeker.
He said he hoped the young woman’s parents would be able to come to terms with what had happened to their daughter.
“My family doesn’t feel safe,” he added.
“They don’t know who I am, I’m just a 16-y-old kid.”
The teenager, who has not attended school since the attack, has already been sent to a psychiatric unit.
His mother said her son was a victim too.
“It’s not his fault, he’s the one who needs to be looked after,” she said.
I hope he learns to accept it.””
He’s just a kid.
I hope he learns to accept it.”