Teens plead guilty to attacking disabled woman with flour and eggs

Mail Online | 11/2/2018 | Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
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Five teenage boys have admitted pelting a mentally-ill woman with flour as she cowered in fear on a park bench.

Cohan Semple, 18, and four other teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spat at 49-year-old Janice Morris before laughing as they posed for selfies with her.

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The images were later posted to social media, sparking a national outcry over the 'despicable attack', which took place in a park in Suffolk on July 27.

Ipswich Youth Court today heard how Miss Morris was sat down on bench at the park in Bury St Edmunds beside a basketball court when she was approached by Semple and his friends.

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They began asking her questions about drugs, before one of the boys, described as a 'loose cannon', spat in her face.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett told the court: 'All of a sudden, a number of male youths appeared around her.

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'They all approached her and started asking her questions regarding drugs.'

'He (Semple) came from behind the bench and spat at her, with spit landing on her face.

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'She said, 'What did you do that for?' She recalls the boy laughing at her, then spitting at her again.'

The court heard how the group disappeared for around ten minutes, then returned with flour that they had purchased at a nearby shop.

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Mr Ablett said: 'These items were chucked at and thrown at her body, covering her completely in flour.

'The boys were still laughing. She was spat at again and one of them had taken a photo of her.


'She heard one of them say, 'We're filming it'.'

He added that Ms Morris was 'shocked' by what happened, and felt she couldn't return to the park.

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A picture taken by Semple was posted on Snapchat, then a screenshot of the image was later posted on Facebook.

Mr Ablett said: 'Effectively the whole world can see the photograph, which...
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