Cyclist Who Knocked 5-Year-Old Girl To Ground Fined $1 | 22 Words

Shocking footage of a cyclist "knee-punching" a 5-year-old girl to the ground went viral a couple of months ago...

But today, news of the man's eventual punishment has sparked widespread outrage.

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Here's the full story...

Now, the footage first gained momentum shortly after Christmas Day, 2020.

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Patrick Mpasa was out for a Christmas Day stroll with his family through a snowy park in Baraque Michel in Belgium.

He was filming his 5-year-old daughter, who was dressed in a pink snowsuit walking along a snowy path with who is presumed to be her mother...

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When a cyclist emerged behind them.


As the cyclist approached the little girl, who was standing in the middle of the footpath quite oblivious to the incoming bike, he slowed down...

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But seemed to struggle to navigate around her.

So, instead, he swerved to the left-hand side...

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But clipped the child with his knee in the process, which sent her flying to the ground.

Of course, many would assume that the cyclist accidentally knocked the girl over...

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But, instead of stopping to help or apologize, the man simply cycled away, leaving the child on the ground and her parents completely outraged.

Patrick posted the video onto his Facebook page...

But before he knew it, it had gone viral, with people all over the world expressing their outrage.

While uploading the clip, Patrick asked his Facebook friends if he was right in filing a police complaint against the man...

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While explaining that he had followed the man following the incident but he had shown no repentance for his actions.

Of course, people had a lot to say about the footage...

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Though opinions were seriously varied.

Well, the cyclist was quickly identified...

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And, according to the Brussels Times, he presented himself to the police after a call for witnesses on December 27th.

He insisted that he was not aware of hitting the girl, but was still slapped with the possibility of facing a year in prison for intentional assault and battery to a minor.

At the court hearing on February 3rd, the cyclist said, per the DailyMail:

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"When I was riding close to the girl, I felt my rear wheel slide off. To avoid a fall, I brought myself back into balance with a movement of the knee. I felt that I hit the girl, but did not immediately realize that she had fallen."

However, the prosecutor argued:

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"He was annoyed by the people on the path who he had to swerve around all the time. He gave the child a 'knee punch' out of sheer annoyance because an obstacle was in his way for the umpteenth time."

But, on Friday, a judge stated that the unnamed cyclist had no intention of harming the girl and had suffered enough via social media...

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While also taking into consideration the cyclist's time spent in custody at the time of his arrest.

So, it was eventually ruled that he will have to pay the girl's family a "symbolic" €1 ($1) in compensation, rather than spend a year behind bars.

What do you think of the ruling?