Disabled man’s car vandalised for parking in disabled park

Danial Benson's car was vandalised at Tweed City Shopping Centre.
Danial Benson's car was vandalised at Tweed City Shopping Centre. Contributed

"DISABLED only maggot," was the message scratched onto the windshield of 19-year-old Danial Benson's car.

The disabled P-plater had parked his car in a disabled car park, for which he has a permit, at Tweed City Shopping Centre, last Tuesday about 2pm, when he discovered the cruel message.

Mr Benson sustained a permanent disability five years ago after he was knocked from his pushbike by a car in a hit and run incident. He was just 14-years-old.

His injuries have left him permanently incapacitated.

His mother, Barbara Benson, said finding the message almost bought Danial, who has already suffered so much, to tears.

Ms Benson said she was livid her son's car had been vandalised and said she assumed someone must have seen the P-platers car and taken it upon themself to enforce disabled parking, despite Mr Benson's very real disability.

"What gives somebody the right to vandalise somebody else's property and who conveniently carries around a black marker?" Ms Benson said.

"Why can't he be on "P" plates and be disabled?

"This is disgusting; when he arrived home he was devastated that somebody has done this."

Danial Benson made the front page of the Daily News after he was the victim of a hit and run car crash.
Danial Benson made the front page of the Daily News after he was the victim of a hit and run car crash.

Ms Benson said the incident had a harsh impact on her son and herself, both having gone through an extraordinarily hard time over the past few years.

"We, because of the accident, lost our home, my business, my sanity and I nearly lost my son, but everything is almost back on track now, so for somebody to do this is heartbreaking for me to see," she said.

"It's malicious damage and it's vandalism"

"Dan's a young man now, but he was nearly in tears."

Ms Benson said she reported the incident to the Tweed Police and Tweed City Shopping Centre security.

"Lucky for us that there is a camera at the entrance to Tweed City," she said.

"So hopefully it will be only a matter of time until we get to see who this low-life is."

In 2008, Danial Benson was riding his bike in Dry Dock Rd, Tweed Heads, when Jade Tahere-Bailey crashed into him with his car and fled the scene.

Tahere-Bailey was sentenced to an 18-month good behaviour bond, 12 months loss of licence and a $2000 fine after Ms Benson, pleaded with the crown prosecutor to downgrade the sentence.

She said she did not want Mr Tahere-Bailey to be jailed and separated from his young baby.

Tweed Police said they were looking through the CCTV footage, but had not yet identified the offender.

They encouraged the public to contact Tweed Police on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they witnessed the incident or had any relevant information

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