‘Happy slapping’ involves individuals or groups of people attacking unsuspecting victims and filming the attack to share on mobiles and social media networks. For victims, there is nothing happy about this craze, which is a form of bullying, even assault, and a criminal offence even if no-one is seriously injured by attacks.
The evolution of ‘happy slapping’
Having started comparatively ‘harmless’ with assailants slapping victims on trains or buses, the practice rapidly spread to school playgrounds and eventually streets. Over the past 10 years, attacks have also become more brutal. Here are some of the horrific, violent physical assaults linked to happy slapping reported on by media since 2005:
- May 2005: Arts college student, 16, injured by violent assault and left unconscious in Blackley
- June 2005: Three 14-year-old lads arrested for suspected rape of 11-year-old girl in Stoke Newington after footage of the attack was seen by teachers
- December 2005: 15-year-old girl and three males aged 17, 18 and 21 found guilty of manslaughter after killing man in violent slapping attack
- January 2007: 17-year-old boy jailed for murder of man after violent street attack in 2006. Two 18-year-old accomplices tried for manslaughter.
- February 2007: Eight teenagers attacked 31-year-old amateur boxer. He hospitalised two of them; four others were arrested
- July 2007: 27-year-old man filmed by friend while urinating on dying woman, reportedly yelling “This is YouTube material”
- February 2008: Girl, 15, sentenced for aiding & abetting manslaughter after filming fatal happy slapping attack on 29-year-old man in September 2007. Two males, 17 and 19, sentenced for manslaughter for the same attack, which ruptured the victim’s spleen.
- May 2008: Teenage girl afraid of happy slapping gang (all girls) fell from attic window and died.
- August 2009: 67-year-old man killed by two teenagers in front of his granddaughter, three.
In February 2014, a 29-year-old man in Hampshire was attacked by two men and suffered severe bruising and suspected fractures.
What to do when slapped
If you were attacked in the street, get medical attention for your injuries, report the incident to the police and then call Accident Advice Helpline to claim for personal injury compensation. This law firm has helped victims of brutal physical attacks, accidents at work, slips, trips and falls and traffic accidents to get the compensation they deserve for 14 years. Their nationwide legal team can do the same for you.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice