VICTIM WANTS SO SOLID CREW ATTACKER TO GO TO JAIL

Darren Weir escaped with a fine after breaking a 16-year old schoolgirl's jaw - but she wants him to go to prison...

A teenage girl who suffered a badly broken jaw after being punched by SO SOLID CREW member DARREN WEIR is to appeal for her attacker to be re-sentenced.

The 16-year-old Cardiff schoolgirl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says she wants the court to reconsider the original sentence – and send Weir to prison. The rapper, who records under the stage name Skat D, escaped with a £1,500 fine after Judge Christopher Llewellyn Jones QC accepted that a prison sentence would have a “significant, adverse effect” on his career at the October 19 hearing. Weir admitted grievous bodily harm and was ordered to pay the victim £3,500 compensation and £500 in prosecution costs.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Weir had punched the girl after she had spurned his sexual advances. Her jaw was broken in two places and surgeons had to fit three metal plates.

Lynne de Maid of, criminal defence solicitors Bernard and Matthew de Maid of Cardiff, is supporting the victim in her fight for justice.

She said: “We have represented many young men who have found themselves facing similar charges as Weir. They realistically expect a prison sentence for such a serious offence – and

get one. Justice must be equal for all people despite their means. What message does Weir’s sentence give to our unemployed young men, and more importantly to the young victim and her family?”

The attack happened in a Cardiff hotel on December 27 last year, following a So Solid Crew show in the city.

The court was also told that Weir had a previous conviction for actual bodily

harm after assaulting a bus conductor in March 1999.