1 Mar 2019

Autistic man’s family says he was let down by criminal justice system

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

A legal inquiry has been launched to examine whether people with disabilities are being discriminated against by the criminal justice system.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will focus on defendants’ experiences after they are charged with an offence.

The inquiry has been welcomed by the family of 20-year-old Harry O’Neill, who has autism and severe anxiety. He went through a criminal trial after being accused of assaulting a care home worker.

We have been to meet his parents.