Rebellion over cash axe plan

Jamie Montgomery (below) and above her injured hand.
Jamie Montgomery (below) and above her injured hand.
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A WOMAN who was mauled by a fellow clubber has criticised a Government decision to slash victims’ compensation.

Jamie Montgomery, from Blackpool, spent 29 days in hospital and had to undergo operations and plastic surgery after a woman bit her hand in a horrific attack.

Jamie Montgomery

Jamie Montgomery

Now the 26-year-old is waiting to hear if she will get compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme for her injuries – something which will be much harder for victims to do in the future.

MPs have passed a vote to cut compensation for more than 90 per cent of seriously injured victims of violent crime and for the dependants of murder victims.

Ms Montgomery, who was attacked by 22-year-old Victoria Smith, of Chadfield Road, Blackpool, in Ma Kelly’s on Talbot Road last December, said: “My solicitor is dealing with compensation, it’s taken a long time.

“The Government should definitely not cut compensation. I still suffer pain from my injuries, my hand is really badly scarred and I can’t bend my thumb anymore.

“It would be wrong if people like me couldn’t get anything any more.”

Smith pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding in August and was given nine months jail, suspended for two years.

The move has also been blasted by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, who claims the decision will see more than 100 Blackpool victims affected over the next two years.

Mr Marsden said: “I was appalled when the Government brought forward these cuts to the compensation that is relied on by thousands of seriously injured victims of crime and their families.

“These cuts go deeper and further than we first thought and there are many people here in Blackpool that will suffer as a result.

“These include Post Office employees who may be attacked by dogs which will no longer be covered under the scheme, and small businesses including convenience stores and newsagents who have been the target for attack from criminals in the past and who may be in the future.

“All of these groups of people in Blackpool will either see their access to criminal injuries compensation removed or severely reduced.”

The reductions comes into place on Monday, November 26.

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