Teenager given community order following flour and eggs incident in Bury St Edmunds

A teenager from Bury St Edmunds has been given a community order following an incident in the town in July.

Cohan Semple, 18, of Wilcox Avenue, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour towards a woman in her 40s in Bury St Edmunds, when he appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 1.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, yesterday, Tuesday, December 4, Semple received a 12-month community order, was told to complete 60 hours of unpaid work and given a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation, an £85 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

The offence took place at around 5.30pm in St Olaves Road, on Friday, July 27, when a victim, a woman aged in her 40s, was assaulted by a group of teenagers who threw flour and eggs over her after a verbal altercation. The woman was severely distressed by the incident but was physically unharmed.

A 17-year-old, a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds also all pleaded guilty to the offence in July at court on Thursday, November 1. The 16-year-old also admitted possessing a Class B drug – cannabis when he was arrested and was fined £20.

All four youths were given 12-month referral orders and were ordered to pay £100 compensation.

A sixth boy, who was later charged with the incident in the summer, denied the offence at court on Thursday, November 1. He will face trial on February 13.

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