Teen who attacked mentally ill woman with flour and eggs says he regrets it, wants to apologize
At the time of the horrifying attack, he was only 16 and now the teen admitted to being 'immature' and has confessed that he wants to apologize to the woman for being in the wrong
A teenager wants to apologize to the vulnerable woman who was pelted with flour and eggs and made to pose for a sickening photo by him and his gang of friends last year in July. The 17-year-old, whose name has been concealed for legal reasons, admitted to being full of remorse when he appeared for sentencing on March 7.
The teen's solicitor claimed that the young boy would be living with the guilt of the attack for the rest of his life until "he goes into the ground in a box". At the time of the horrifying attack, he was only 16 and claimed that he did not throw anything over Janice Morris, 49, as she was sitting on a park bench in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in July last year.
However, the teen did admit to laughing as he went over to pose for the photo, alongside three others. And while they posed, their mentally ill victim cowered in front of them. The teen reportedly gave himself up at a police station with his father when he heard that police were investigating the picture, as per Daily Mail.
While the teen denied a public order offense, he was found guilty at a trial last month at Ipswich youth court. And on March 7, he was given a three-month reparation order requiring him to do 24 hours of unpaid work. Chris Casey, the defending lawyer, said the teen admitted to being "immature", along with how he now realized his actions had caused the victim to be "distressed and upset", although he did not appreciate it at the time.
The lawyer added, "He was not part of the initial group, but his conduct was totally unacceptable. He says he would like to meet the lady to apologize to her face to face and say to her that what he did was wrong. He accepts his presence there was encouraging people in their behavior. He wants to see her and say, 'I am very sorry. I was wrong'."
At the time of the incident one of the boys' father had defended his son to The Sun saying that his child was just walking past and "he saw and thought it was going to be a fun picture, someone took it and spread it all over the country. He was making a stupid mistake and he was not involved with anything else." He further added: "He's sorry but he has not done anything." A step-mother of one of the 17-year-old boys also came forward after the attack and admitted he was being a "stupid boy". "He got caught up in it all, it was a stupid thing to do."
As for the teen, he told the court, "I just feel like I have matured a lot and I know I won't be back here again. My parents look at me a bit differently now and ask where I am going, and checking that I am not with the same people." He was ordered to pay £150 ($195.25)compensation to Miss Morris and £620 ($807.05) costs with a £20 ($26.03) victim surcharge.
Morris, a schizophrenic and alcohol dependent lady, gave evidence in a video interview last month, claiming that the attack had left her "a bit shell-shocked, a bit raw". She said, "I don't know what I did to antagonize them. I wasn't anticipating it to happen. They got quite aggressive quite quickly. I was more shocked and surprised, I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to say."