Hi thank you Jo, I would like to know how a caution would affect me, my options (e.g. how realistic would obtaining a "restorative justice" instead of caution be). I imagine for this you would need more details regarding the specific incident, evidence and nature of the incident? Does this service include phone call as perhaps it would be easier for me to give you these details over the phone
Below is a more detailed description of what happened:
There was a group of me and my friends and another group of people that we did not know. We all admitted that we had been drinking as we had recently left a bar. There was an argument which l became involved in. Recorded in CCTV it can be seen that as we were all gathered round in a circle arguing one person ran at me with his leg in the air attempting to kick me, this was the first clear act of aggression and I in turn caught his leg to avoid the kick and as we both fell to the floor it can be seen everyone is struggling and pushing (I was also hit but how this happened cannot be seen on the CCTV) what can be seen on the CCTV is that once we both fell to the floor I hit the person (several times) who had tried to kick me in the head. The fight was quickly dispersed by our friends and a few minutes after, when the fight had already stopped police came as they had been called by neighbours.
When police asked what happened, the person who had attempted to kick me pointed at me and accused me of assault. I was taken to the police station and spent the night in a cell whereas everyone else was allowed to go home after giving their contact details. I was interviewed and released on bail in the morning and since then when I was called for a further interview, was shown the recording. The investigator told me that the charge for assault had been dropped as it could not stand following the CCTV video showing us both behaving incorrectly as opposed to me assaulting him. However I was then told that they were deciding whether or not to take this to court for affray, they were unsure if there was sufficient evidence and as I repeatedly showed remorse and have never been in any trouble with the police they have recently called me to offer me a caution. This has been described by them as a “slap on the wrist” and I was advised by the police investigator to accept and told that it is much better than going court. I have been told that the person who initially accused me of assault has also been offered this caution and we are both due to accept this on Wednesday.
Regarding my injuries I have pictures of a bruise under one eye, along with scratches and bruises in an elbow arm and shoulder.
The other person I do not know how serious his injuries are but I imagine very little as he then walked home after police where done asking him questions (he wasn’t taken to the cell only me).