A vulnerable woman pelted with flour and eggs by a group of grinning teenagers as she cowered on a park bench today spoke of her agony for the first time.
At the Ipswich Youth Court, Janice Morris, 49, said the abuse left her shocked when she remembered the teenagers covering her with food and spitting at her when she was in a park in the market town of Bury St Edmunds in July 2018th
An image depicting the teens posing behind the attack behind the mentally ill victim sparked an online witch hunt after being released on Snapchat and Facebook.
Five teenagers admitted their role in the humiliation of Ms. Morris at a previous hearing, and a sixth boy, who confessed that he "thought it was funny … at the time," was sentenced to public policy on Wednesday found guilty.
A picture (picture) depicting teenagers posing behind the attack behind the mentally ill victim sparked an online witch hunt after being released on Snapchat and Facebook
The schizophrenic and alcoholic victim, wearing ties and wearing short black hair, was proving evidence at the trial and visibly uncomfortable sitting in the witness box, flanked by a caregiver.
The 17-year-old boy, who can not be identified for legal reasons, was one of four boys posing for a festive photo of the attack.
Ms. Morris said, "I do not know what I did to attack her. I did not expect it. They became pretty aggressive. I was more shocked and surprised, I do not know exactly what to say. & # 39;
In a video interview before the court she told the police she had drunk a whiskey, "not much," and then sat down on a bench near her house, just to come out, to be outside … green space, trees & # 39 ;.
Cohan Semple, photographed outside Ipswich County Court, was given a one-year community order after taking a photo of Janice Morris, who was attacked by a group of youths with eggs and flour in July
She said four or five boys approached quickly, one of them who "seemed more like a loose cannon," spat at her and the group circled her.
"They jumped around, laughed and struck," she said.
The group left briefly and then returned with flour and eggs thrown over them.
She said she felt "a bit shocked, a bit raw" afterward, adding that "not so likely" she would return to the park.
The 17-year-old boy denied a public policy impropriety and admitted that he posed for the photo. Morris, however, was already full of flour when he arrived.
He claimed to have walked home through the park when he spotted his friends and quickly took a picture, the court heard.
The defendant, who was taken to court by his father, said he had contacted the police after seeing the photo on Facebook.
"At the time, I thought it was funny," he said in an interview with the police. & # 39; I thought about it and it was wrong. I was not involved. only in the photo. & # 39;
Prosecutor Andrew Horner told the court it did not matter when the boy arrived, adding, "The defendant joins a group that worries the complainant because he's in this group is funny.
"He joins the photo, he becomes part of the group, which is in an insulting behavior towards the complainant."
Semple posted a picture of the attack on his Snapchat, which was later shared by a friend on Facebook, where it was widely used
Reigning Judge Sally Westwood read out the guilty verdict and said to him: "The photo clearly shows (the defendant) being a member of the group.
"He was not a spectator, he smiled and pointed at Mrs. Morris."
He is to be sentenced on 7 March.
At a previous hearing, an application was made to name him and his adolescent accomplices, but the judges said they must remain anonymous.
Four male juvenile defendants and 18-year-old Cohan Semple from Bury St. Edmunds have admitted a public policy impropriety at a previous hearing and were sentenced last year.
The four under-18s were sentenced to referral orders, and Semple, who had posted the photo on his Snapchat before it was shared by others, was sentenced to a year-long community contract.