A WOMAN who was filmed attacking a disabled pensioner has seen her request for anonymity kept secret rejected.
Cori Glencross, 23, was filmed attacking the 75-year-old woman at a bus stop in Geelong, Australia in April this year.
Glencross is seen approaching the pensioner, who is stood alone and using a walking frame, as the two argue.
She then shoves the woman before grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to the ground, saying: “I’m telling you right now… You want to start do you, you f***ing mental f**k?”
She then kicks the woman twice before letting her go.
A man off camera is heard saying: “No, no, no. She’s just an old lady.”
Glencross replies: “I don’t give a flying fuck.”
Another young woman is then seen attempting to intervene, shoving Glencross and saying: “Get away from her.”
The footage was later posted on social media, prompting an angry backlash.
‘PUBLIC INTEREST IN OPEN JUSTICE’
Glencross has now appeared at Geelong Magistrates’ Court charged with affray, unlawful assault by kicking, unlawful assault, and committing an indictable offence while on bail.
Her lawyer had 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.
“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 earlier told police to have had “no intention of kicking” the elderly woman, and that her actions had been the result of an epileptic fit.
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She also claimed to have been acting in self defence.
Glencross will be sentenced on October 29.
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