Boy Sentenced After Woman Pelted With Flour & Eggs

4 December 2018, 16:05 | Updated: 4 December 2018, 17:01


A teenage boy who took a photo of a vulnerable woman who was pelted with flour and eggs as she sat on a bench in Bury St Edmunds in July, has been sentenced to a year long community order.

The image of the woman was seen around the world after it was uploaded to social media by 18 year old Cohan Semple of Willcox Avenue in the town.

It showed 49-year-old Janice Morris cowering on the bench and covered in flour as four boys posed behind her.

Semple admitted a public order offence at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at the same court today.

Declan Gallagher, mitigating, said Semple was 17 at the time of the offence on July 27th this year, had faced "practically worldwide opprobrium" as the only defendant to be publicly named and was "far from a ringleader".

"There were three people present who took it upon themselves to go to the nearby Spar shop to buy flour and eggs," he said.

"All of those have been dealt with by referral orders."

Four boys who cannot be identified due to their age admitted a public order offence and were sentenced last month.

Semple was also ordered to complete 60 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 compensation to Ms Morris and pay £170 in costs.