A one punch attack survivor struggling in his day-to-day life has been dealt another blow after it was revealed his father is facing deportation from Australia.
Danny Hodgson, who turned 28 last week, suffered a brain haemorrhage and a skull fracture when he was punched by a then-16-year-old boy and hit his head on the concrete at Perth Train Station two years ago.
Following seven months of treatment in hospital, the young footballer was released from hospital to undergo further rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
He has received care and support from his family, who temporarily moved from their home in the UK to Perth to help Danny, and his partner, Jessica Pollock.
But it’s been revealed that Danny’s father Peter Hodgson may be forced to leave the country as his visa expires on October 19.
One punch attack survivor Danny Hodgson (pictured left), 28, has been dealt another blow as his father Peter (pictured right) faces deportation when he visa expires next month
Peter said this news was a crushing blow to the Hodgsons and especially Danny, who requires round-the-clock care due to the traumatic injuries he sustained.
Danny still suffers from seizure and other health complications in his day-to-day life.
‘If I wasn’t here with Danny, I don’t know what Jess’ and Danny’s situation would be, but it would be disastrous,’ he told The West Australian.
‘I need to be with him and he needs me.’
Peter, who has been working more than 60 hours a week to pay his son’s medical bills, has tried to get his visa extended or to be granted permanent residency based on compassionate grounds.
‘This has been hanging over our heads and it is stressing me out, it is stressing Danny and Jess out. We shouldn’t have to be in this position,’ he said.
Peter has already reached out to Attorney General John Quigley and Federal MP Dr Anne Aly for help.
Both Mr Quigley and Dr Aly tried to assist the heartbroken father by contacting immigration officials to address the matter, including immigration minister, Andrew Giles. But officials have yet to consider Peter’s case.
The latest blow comes a week after it was revealed Danny’s attacker, who is now 19, was once charged again with a violent offence after he was released from jail early.
Danny (pictured left with partner Jessica Pollock) suffered a brain haemorrhage and a skull fracture when he was punched by a then-16-year-old boy and hit his head on the concrete at Perth Train Station in 2021
Peter (pictured left with Danny’s mum Nicola Hodgson) has tried to get his visa extended or to be granted permanent residency to stay in Australia to help his son
The teen was originally sentenced to three years and eight months in juvenile detention for punching Danny without warning and for physically assaulting others.
But he served less than half of that sentence before his release last May.
He was freed on bail, under strict conditions, following a review by the Supervised Release Review Board, which deals with juvenile offenders.
Danny slammed WA’s justice system after learning about the news via email.
‘To be honest I’m not shocked at all. It was foreseeable,’ he told ABC Radio Perth.
He referred to how the teenager had a history of repeatedly breaching bail and had been on bail seven times before he punched Danny in the head.
Danny refused to give a victim impact statement after the latest charge because he felt the state’s justice system didn’t care for victims like himself.
‘I didn’t do one, because they (the justice system) don’t care about me, or they don’t care about the public,’ he said.
‘They only care about the criminals because that’s how they make their money – because of people committing crimes and going to court.’
Danny’s attacker (pictured in the red circle next to Danny just before he pushed him in the head) was charged last week with a violent offence after he was freed from detention last May
Mr Quigley, who had tried to help Peter with is visa issues, relayed his shock over the latest charge and believes the troubled teen should have not been released back into the community so early.
He said the teenager was ‘not a child’ but a ‘hardened criminal’ in reference to those who take a more sympathetic view to children who commit crimes.
The attorney general claimed the short time the teen spent at a juvenile detention centre ‘taught him nothing’.
‘This is a dangerous, violent young man and he must be dealt with accordingly,’ he added.