- Cori Glencross, 23, was filmed attacking a 75-year-old woman at a bus stop
- She was trolled online after the video went viral and claimed she is now unsafe
- Glencross argued that her case should be private and her identity withheld
- The judge rejected Glencross’ application for a suppression order on Thursday
Cori Glencross (pictured), 23, will appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday
A woman who bashed a pensioner at a bus stop has begged for her identity to be kept secret after being named and shamed on Facebook.
Cori Glencross, 23, bashed the 75-year-old in Geelong in Victoria in April, and footage of the attack was posted online.
Glencross argued her personal safety was at risk if her trial was published in the media, following social media backlash over the viral video.
But a magistrate has ruled she should be identified in the interests of open justice, and said the woman would just have to put up with ‘cruel, demeaning and humiliating’ posts on social media.
If Glencross got her way, the media wouldn’t have been allowed to report any details on her case.
Her lawyer Shelley Buchecker said there were multiple Facebook posts showing that Glencross could be in danger following the incident.
But Magistrate Ann McGarvie rejected the suppression order under Australia’s presumption of open justice, the Geelong Advertiser reported.
Magistrate McGarvie said Glencross’ was charged with shop theft and committing indictable offences while on bail between November 2018 and March this year.Sickening moment an elderly woman is thrown to the groundLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:26FullscreenNeed Text
During the incident, Glencross’ friend filmed the attack and uploaded it to social media, where it was viewed by many people and picked up by news organisations
‘The most serious set of charges, however, relate to an affray and assault by kicking that occurred on April 16, 2019 against an elderly woman at a bus stop in Geelong.
During the incident, Glencross’ friend filmed the attack and uploaded it to social media, where it was viewed by many people and picked up by news organisations.
Magistrate McGarvie acknowledged that Glencross had been named and shamed on social media and suffered heavy scrutiny.
‘Whilst this post is cruel, demeaning and humiliating, there is no evidence within those comments of threats to her safety,’ Ms McGarvie said.
Cori Glencross (pictured) will be sentenced on October 29 over the April incident
‘Case law clearly states that orders affecting open justice must not be made because the person would suffer shame, embarrassment and humiliation.
Magistrate McGarvie said public interest in open justice trumps the protection of the individual reputations.
‘It will embarrass her, it will humiliate her, and it will shame her. However I am not satisfied that a closed court order is necessary and the application is refused,’ she said.
Glencross will be sentenced on October 29.
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