'Shell-shocked' woman describes her anguish after grinning yobs pelted her with flour and eggs

Mail Online | 7/27/2018 | Jessica Green For Mailonline
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A vulnerable woman who was pelted with flour and eggs by a group of grinning teenagers as she cowered in fear on a park bench has spoken of her anguish for the first time today.

Speaking at Ipswich Youth Court, Janice Morris, 49, said the abuse had left her 'shell-shocked' as she recalled how the youths covered her with food and spat at her as she sat in a park in the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, in July 2018.

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An image showing the teenagers posing behind the mentally-ill victim following the attack, sparked an online witch hunt after being posted on Snapchat and Facebook.

Five teenage boys admitted their role in the humiliation of Ms Morris at an earlier hearing, and a sixth boy, who confessed he 'thought it was funny...at the time', was found guilty of a public order offence on Wednesday.

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Giving evidence at this week's trial, the schizophrenic and alcohol dependent victim - wearing tie-dye and sporting short black hair - looked visibly uneasy as she sat in the witness box flanked by a carer.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was one of four boys who posed for a celebratory photo of the attack.

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Ms Morris said: 'I don't know what I did to antagonise 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.'

In a video interview played to the court, she told police she had a drink of whisky, 'not a lot', then went to sit on a bench near her home 'just to get out, to be outside... green space, trees'.

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She said four or five boys approached her quickly, one of them who 'seemed to be more of a loose cannon' spat at her...
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