A WOMAN who was filmed attacking a disabled pensioner as she waited at a bus stop has claimed she was having an epileptic fit.
Cori Glencross, 23, brazenly begged not to be named and shamed after the disagreement with the 75-year-old woman but has had her request for anonymity rejected.
Footage shows her then approaching and shoving the pensioner, who is stood alone and using a walking frame.
She grabs the woman by the hair and pulls her to the ground, saying: “I’m telling you right now… You want to start do you, you f***ing mental f***?”
She then kicks the woman twice before letting her go during the attack in Geelong, Australia, in April this year.
A man off camera is heard saying: “No, no, no. She’s just an old lady.”
Glencross replies: “I don’t give a flying f***.”
Another young woman is then seen attempting to intervene, shoving Glencross and saying: “Get away from her.”
The footage was filmed by a friend of Glencross and posted to social media, prompting an angry backlash.
‘PUBLIC INTEREST IN OPEN JUSTICE’
Glencross was arrested within hours of the attack, and has now appeared at Geelong Magistrates’ Court charged with affray, unlawful assault by kicking, unlawful assault, and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
She claimed to have had “no intention of kicking” the elderly woman, and that her actions had been the result of an epileptic fit.
She also said she had been acting in self defence.
She told the court in April: “When I was getting her off me I had a seizure and couldn’t control my body and it looks like it was on purpose but it wasn’t on purpose.”
Her lawyer has now asked the judge to order that her identity be concealed during her trial, arguing that her personal safety was at risk, but the request has been rejected.
The court heard Glencross had received more than 100 messages and 60 Facebook requests.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie acknowledged that Glencross had suffered heavy scrutiny and that some comments on social media were “cruel, demeaning, and humiliating”, but said there was no evidence of a threat to her safety.
“Case law clearly states that orders affecting open justice must not be made because the person would suffer shame, embarrassment, and humiliation,” she said.
She added that the public interest in open justice trumps the protection of individuals’ reputations.
“It will embarrass her, it will humiliate her, and it will shame her,” she said.
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But she added: “However, I am not satisfied that a closed court order is necessary and the application is refused.”
The victim in the assault has not been identified by police.
Glencross will be sentenced on October 29.
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