A thief recently knocked down a fellow young man in a dark alleyway and stole his phone and wallet and gave him a hard kick for good measure before taking off. However, once he got home, he peered inside his wallet and never expected to find that his victim has Asperger’s.
Asperger syndrome is a form of high-functioning autism. While individuals with Asperger’s may have higher-than-average IQ scores, they typically display deficits in social and communication skills. Many people often see them as naive, according to ASPEN.
After discovering who his victim really was, he turned himself into the police as he felt like “scum”. He knew that he had done something wrong but to attack someone with autism was really, really low. He just knew that he had to do the right thing.
The thief was sentenced to two years in prison.
“You may not have known this young man had Asperger’s, but you certainly knew he was vulnerable because he was on his own at night, and there were two of you and only one of him. … I have two boys to consider; not just you, but the boy you attacked and robbed. The message has to go out that people who do that go to prison,” Judge Sylvia de Bertodano said at the hearing.
What do you think? Do you agree that the thief did the right thing by handing himself in? Should the judge have given him a lower sentence as a result?
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