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Tearful end to a hunt for justice
By ed targett
A MOTHER has admitted being drunk and disorderly after launching a one-woman hunt for the man who beat up her only son.
Sharon Clark, 46, of Oakdale Road, Herne Bay, wept in court on Thursday as she told magistrates how she had tried to track down the person who had left her son with severe head injuries – but ended up in police cells charged with being drunk and disorderly.
She admitted the charge.
Teresa Ruiz, prosecuting, told Canterbury Magistrates' Court that police were called to Cobblers Bridge Road, Herne Bay, on Wednesday, February 23.
She said: "She used abusive and foul language to an ambulance crew and was shouting at the top of her voice. Police asked her to stop but she didn't and was arrested and taken to Canterbury police station.
"She was clearly upset and drunk. She shouted: 'What are the police doing to help me?'"
Stuart Green, defending, said: "It related to her ongoing bid to find her son's attackers. She felt she wasn't being helped by the police."
He said her son was beaten up in an unprovoked attack in Herne Bay on November 5 last year and left with blood clots on his brain. Clark spent five weeks at his bedside in King's College Hospital, London, as surgeons battled to save him.
He is now back home but has been unable to go back to work at Tesco in Whitstable. Mr Green said: "It was a traumatic and distressing experience for her."
He said she had gone to an office where she thought her son's attacker worked but was told to try a nearby pub. Mr Green said she tried to ask questions but no one would help.
She said she drank two glasses of wine and was waiting for her partner in Cobblers Bridge Road when police were called.
Mr Green said she had suffered from depression and her doctor had increased her medication. She had also turned to drink.
The court heard she had been fined for a similar offence in August last year and had been given penalty notices. Magistrates gave her a conditional discharge for a year and ordered her pay court costs of £85.
This week she told the Times: "I want justice. My son's attacker is still out there and there has been no justice or compensation.
"I watched my only son scream and cry in his hospital bed. It's eating me up. I was arrested for being drunk. What good does that do anybody? I know I've been drinking too much. But I just want to find who hurt my boy.
"I've been going out to try to jog people's memories. My son wants to forget about it but how can I forget when nobody has been brought to justice?"
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