Dwarf left disabled after being thrown to the ground
A dwarf who is facing life in a wheelchair after being picked up and thrown to the ground has blamed England’s rugby team for giving his attacker the idea.
Martin Henderson suffered injuries to his back and legs after being dropped on to the hard ground as he had a cigarette outside a pub in Wincanton, Somerset.
The life-changing attack on the 37-year-old came shortly after the England players visited a ‘dwarf-tossing’ competition at the World Cup in New Zealand.
The stars, including Zara Phillips’s husband Mike Tindall, were disciplined for attending the event, as well as for other acts of bad behaviour on the tour.
Mr Henderson believes that the violence that has put an end to his promising acting career could have been inspired by the news story about the players’ night out in September.
‘The England players had been in trouble for going to a dwarf tossing event and this might have given this guy the idea,’ he said.
The rugby stars were seen downing shots as they partied in a Queenstown bar called Altitude, which was hosting a ‘Mad Midget Weekend’.
This was also the night that Tindall, newly married into the Royal Family, was captured on CCTV kissing ex-girlfriend Jessica Palmer.
The night out followed a disastrous opening match for the England team, setting the tone for their appalling performance on and off the field during the tournament. Mr Henderson, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism and spinal stenosis, said his legs went numb after the callous attack. daily times monitor