There is an interesting criminal and tort case being investigated in England. Martin Henderson was celebrating his 37th birthday when he found himself airborne — thrown by another man in the bar who saw him as a dwarf for the tossing. Henderson suffered injuries as a result of the toss and the man fled.
Police are concerned that this is a copycat crime after English rugby star Mike Tindall was criticized for watching or participating in a tossing contest in a “dwarf-themed bar.”
Henderson is quoted as saying that he faces such attitudes often in going out: “People’s attitudes to me when I go out can be pretty cruel. Most are OK but you get the odd idiot who will make fun and start laughing at me . . . but this is the first time I have been picked up and thrown about.”
Henderson already suffered from spinal stenosis and now has trouble walking with a loss of strength in his back and legs. The man is described only as slim built, dark hair, around 5′ 8” tall and wearing a hooded top and baseball cap. It is likely that he had friends at the bar but no one has come forward to assist the police in his horrible criminal act. In addition to criminal charges, such an assault would result in a tort action for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Any person who would do such a thing is, in my view, a danger to society as a person missing basic humanity and judgment. Hopefully, the police will find someone willing to help toss his guy in jail.