THE words of attack victim Robert Campbell are the words of a frustrated man.
He was attacked by Giants player Paul Whatuira after the New Zealand star had left St Luke’s Hospital in Crosland Moor where he was being treated for mental health problems.
But, six months down the line, Mr Campbell feels forgotten even though the incident had a devastating impact on his life.
He suffered damaged teeth, cuts to his mouth and severe bruising.
He says he has trouble sleeping, he became reclusive and left his job. He still has trouble eating.
Meanwhile, Paul Whatuira is back playing after talking about the circumstances which sparked his bizarre behaviour.
He said it was caused by memories of abuse he suffered as a child and that the crisis had pushed him to the brink of suicide.
Paul Whatuira’s personal crisis has now sparked a crisis in Mr Campbell’s life which has also had a major impact on his family.
Surely it is reasonable to have expected Paul Whatuira to have at least made contact with Mr Campbell, to personally apologise for his actions that night – or simply to see how Mr Campbell is faring.
It would signal a determination to try to put right a wrong.
It is clear Paul Whatuira was ill and not in control of his actions on the day of the attack – and he has been shown a great deal of sympathy ever since.
The time is now right for Mr Campbell to receive the same sympathy.