Back in January 2007, I was the victim of a crime onboard a flight from SYD to LHR, just before landing for a stopover in BKK. Upon getting back onto the flight, I asked the f/a if the perpetrator would still be onboard the flight, and when she confirmed that he would, I told her the nature and specifics of what had happened, and she told me to talk to an f/a further down the aisle so I could be moved to another seat (as I was seated beside the perpetrator), I was moved, filled out a report and talked to the captain and the purser while the perpetrator was taken into custody upon arrival in London Heathrow.
I spent 12 hours with the police, giving them another report, and was then able to continue my journey home to Denmark. I didn't hear anything from the police, until about a month later where I got a letter from the police, telling me that they were unable to procecute, as the guy should've been taken into custody by Thai police as the crime technically happened in Thailand.
The guy got away with no punishment whatsoever but a formal caution. At the time, I was just happy to have it all over with by then, after having it occupy my head every second of the day for a month.
But now, after talking this through and through and through, with therapists, friends and family, and after I started coming to terms with it and seeing it all in a clearer light, I keep thinking that something more should - and could - have be done - this has pretty much destroyed one and a half year of my life, and ONE mistake made my the airline prevented the guy from getting actual punishment; They should've reported it to the Thai authorities instead of the English. I wish I was smart enough to realize this at the time, and I don't want to pin it on the airline, but for some reason, I thought they'd have some kind of policies for this, even if it's a rare case.
I have to admit that I really wish I could do something here, and I've started looking into the case with the help of Danish support groups as well as my family's lawyer, but none of them are too familiar with the British law system.
Does anybody know what my options are in regards to pursuing the case? I know I'd probably never get the guy procecuted, and I feel kind of bad for "going after the airline" (the staff was a huge support throughout the flight and while the guy was getting arrested after all - they were lovely people), I have trouble coming to terms with the fact that their mistake enabled the guy to walk away with no punishment for what he did, but one night in custody...
I won't go into details publically, and writing this is probably a huge mistake in regards to the case, but to be honest, I'm at wit's end here and I was hoping for some kind of help that doesn't require me to contact a lawyer overseas. I hope you can at least help a little, and if you need more details to do so, by all means, do send a PM and I'll try to elaborate.
PS: I've only waited this long to open up to all this again is because it's taken me an immense amount of time to process all this - and the only reason I didn't report to the airline staff before re-embarking the plane was because I literally ran the h*ll off just to get as far away as possible and hid in a restroom in transit until the passengers continuing on to LHR were supposed to go onboard again. Don't ask me why - I don't know.
[Edited 2008-08-06 00:15:33]