Asperger's Syndrome

A young man with Asperger's Syndrome walked onto a zebra crossing causing a driver to brake suddenly.

An argument ensued where the young man insisted that he was in the right as he was a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing. The driver was a member of a local gang. Later that day the driver tracked down the young man and stabbed him. Following the attack he spent several weeks in intensive care and even during his recovery he was afraid to leave his home.

An intermediary assessed him and assisted at the police interview. At trial the defence advocate followed the intermediary’s recommendations to ask short questions and give the witness plenty of time to respond.

After the trial the young man said that, for the first time in 18 months, his life could now move on.