A schoolboy was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Brentford High Street - only for his attacker to walk free with a caution.
The 15-year-old boy was standing at a bus stop near Waterman's Arts Centre at 10pm when he was approached by a drunk thug.
The victim's 37-year-old mother told the Chronicle: "The guy just came over and started kicking my son, he dragged him into the road and started stamping on his head.
"The guy was around 6ft tall and very powerful, much more so than my 5ft 6in son."
The boy, who had to be sedated after suffering a panic attack immediately after the assault on Tuesday, May 27, has been left traumatised by the incident and finds it difficult to move his neck, has a bruised ear and keeps getting pains in his knees.
On arriving at the scene the boy's mum, who also has two younger children, found her son being cradled in a policewoman's arms.
However for unknown reasons the man had not been reprimanded.
"My brother had to chase the guy down the street in an attempt to catch him. He was later picked up by the police," said the Brentford resident, who asked for the family's identity to remain secret for fear of reprisals.
She added: "They still have not taken a statement from my son, yet they have released the guy that did this. How can they do that?"
"They attempted to take one when he was semi-conscious, which was ridiculous, so they said they would come to the hospital and take one from him. They never turned up."
But a spokesperson for Hounslow Police defended its handling of the case, adding: "After speaking to the 19-year-old suspect and looking at the boy's injuries we decided the best course of action was an adult caution."