Victim without malice emerges as hero
Friday 27 August 1993
In the few minutes in which he was bombarded with missiles and hit in South Central Los Angeles, he says he suffered 97 breaks in the bones of his face. His upper jaw was thrust up behind his nose. An eye socket was so badly injured that he now has a piece of plastic holding the eyeball in place.
Such injuries would normally give rise to anger and vindictiveness. But, in his case, the reverse is true. This week, Mr Denny, who is white, gave evidence in the trial of two black men - Damian Williams, 20, and Henry Watson, 28 - who are, among other charges, accused of attempting to murder him. His testimony - wholly lacking in bitterness - can only have helped defuse a case that continues to smoulder beneath the city's surface.
As he left the witness-stand, the 37-year-old former trucker embraced the mothers of the two defendants. 'I told him I loved him,' Georgiana Williams said afterwards, 'I respect this man. I admire him. This man has no malice in his heart.'
This month the two police officers convicted in the Rodney King case were sentenced to 30 months in prison - terms widely seen as light. Many blacks are watching the Denny case to see if the accused are accorded the same leniency.
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
£28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This business IT support compan...
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company mission is to be th...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Software Tester is required t...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: The Company sells mobile video advertising sol...