A teenager pushed TV comic Jack Carroll to the floor after having a picture taken with him – then later tweeted “He deserved it.”
The Britain’s Got Talent star, who has cerebral palsy, ended up on the floor with his walking frame on top of him following the attack on a Huddersfield street.
Kirklees Magistrates Court today heard the 18-year-old former Brighouse High School student was shocked when he later discovered that his attacker Elliott O’Kane had posted vile tweets about him.
One read: “Lots of people wanted to do that, I just wanted to do it – he deserved it.”
O’Kane pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.
Jack had enjoyed a pre-Christmas night out with friends in Huddersfield town centre on December 22.
He was making his way to a taxi rank to get a cab home when he was approached by a group of strangers close to Five Bar on Cross Church Street.
Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “He has cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame for his mobility.
“The group asked if they could have a photo of them with him, he obliged and they took their shots.”
Jack described how one of the members of the group – 19-year-old O’Kane – then became aggressive towards him.
The star responded by stepping back and telling him to “leave it.”
Mr Astin said: “The complainant said: ‘He pushed me with both hands causing me to fall over onto my bum.
“’My frame fell on top of me. A crowd watched and as he pushed me he shouted f*** off’.”
Jack was helped to his feet by one of the witnesses and O’Kane, of Catherine Slack in Brighouse, left.
Mr Astin said that Jack was subsequently made aware of the tweets bring posted on the internet by O’Kane.
He added: “The victim said that these upset him.
“Since the incident he has increased anxiety, had pain for a few days and the night has impacted on his social life.
“Members of the public were present and he must have found it humiliating.”
Magistrates heard that the teenagers had come across each other previously having attended the same school, although they were in different years.
Jack shot to fame aged 14 when he competed in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent and was named runner-up.
He has more recently had roles as an actor, appearing in the new series of Trollied.
Kristina Lancaster, mitigating, described O’Kane as “incredibly remorseful” and as result of his first criminal conviction would no longer be able to attend a summer camp in America where he had hoped to have a career.
She told magistrates: “He would like to pass onto the victim that he’s sorry for what happened and it was wholly out of character.
“It was an alcohol fuelled incident and his whole life will be affected.
“His Twitter comments were not helpful but how they read were not how they were intended – they were meant as a joke.”
Magistrates sentenced O’Kane to a community order with 40 hours of unpaid work.
He must pay Jack £100 compensation as well as £85 costs and victim surcharge.