Trolls attack bus rage woman, 23, who bashed a 75-year-old pensioner – just hours after she begged for her identity to be kept a secret
- Cori Glencross argued that her case should be private and her identity withheld
- The 23-year-old was filmed attacking a 75-year-old woman at a bus stop in April
- The judge rejected Glencross’ application for a suppression order on Thursday
- Glencross has now been dealt a fresh barrage of abuse after the rejection
- Online users are praising Magistrate Ann McGarvie for ‘naming and shaming’ her
Cori Glencross said her safety was at risk if her trial was published in the media, but a magistrate ruled on Thursday that she should be identified
A woman who kicked and bashed a 75-year-old grandmother has been savagely trolled online after she failed to have her name suppressed from the media.
Cori Glencross, 23, has pleaded guilty to numerous offences, including the assault of an elderly woman at a bus stop in Geelong on April 16.
Other charges included shoplifting and committing indictable offences on bail between November 2018 and March 2019.
Glencross also applied for a closed court order, arguing her personal safety was at risk if her court proceedings were published in the media.
But a magistrate revoked the order on Thursday, ruling that Glencross should be identified in the interests of open justice.
Magistrate Ann McGarvie said Glencross would just have to put up with ‘cruel, demeaning and humiliating’ posts on social media, the Geelong Advertiser reported.
Glencross has now copped a fresh barrage of abuse after Magistrate McGarvie rejected her suppression order application.
Comments online ranged from low life dog, name and shame’ to ‘she deserves everything she gets and more’.
‘Suck it up buttercup,’ one Facebook user wrote.
‘B******t you don’t have the right to have your identity hidden after what you have done,’ another comment read.
During the incident, Glencross’ friend filmed the attack and uploaded it to social media
Hundreds of comments sung the praises of Magistrate McGarvie, saying justice was served by naming Glencross.
‘At last a magistrate with some brains. Hope she has the same when he sentences her,’ read one comment.
‘I love that judge. She doesn’t deserve sympathy!’
‘We need more judges like this!’
Glencross, who pleaded guilty to numerous offences, has been at the mercy of hundreds of online trolls since shocking video of the assault was uploaded to Facebook earlier this year.
Cori Glencross has now been dealt a fresh barrage of abuse (pictured) after Magistrate McGarvie rejected her suppression order application
Glencross’ friend filmed the attack and uploaded the incident to social media, where the shocking footage went viral after being viewed by hundreds of people and picked up by news organisations.
Her lawyer Shelley Buchecker argued her client could be in danger from online attackers.
Magistrate McGarvie acknowledged Glencross had been lambasted 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, in reference to an online group created earlier this year.
Cori Glencross will be sentenced next month after she pleaded guilty to numerpus charges
‘Case law clearly states that orders affecting open justice must not be made because the person would suffer shame, embarrassment and humiliation,’ she said.
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.
The matter was adjourned and Glencross will be sentenced on October 29.
Cori Glencross begged for her name to be suppressed after she was trolled on social media