Cheshire news Teen who kicked man, 74, into river apologises outside court MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Benjamin Bridgeman was filmed carrying out the cowardly attack before running away laughing

Cheshire news Teen who kicked man, 74, into river apologises outside court MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Benjamin Bridgeman was filmed carrying out the cowardly attack before running away laughing

Cheshire news  Teen who kicked man, 74, into river apologises outside court MetiNews.Com
20 May 2021 - 17:52

Breaking News ! A thug filmed kicking a man into a river in a shocking viral video has made an apology outside court - and said he 'expects to do time' for the offence. Benjamin Bridgeman, 18, was filmed carrying out the cowardly attack before running away laughing as his 74-year-old victim struggled in the River Mersey in Warrington. The video shocked the nation when it went viral last month when it emerged two teenage girls came to the man's aid and pulled him out of the river. The elderly man walked home "freezing cold" where he told his family who then reported it to the police. Bridgeman pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the incident at Warrington Magistrates Court yesterday (Wed). His sentencing was adjourned until next month by deputy district judge Ian Barnes, and he was released on bail. Speaking to a reporter outside court after the hearing, he said: “Obviously I’m very sorry. “It wasn’t supposed to happen, I didn’t realise he was 74 years old. “All I can do now is move forward, everyone makes mistakes in life. “That’s the honest truth, from the bottom of my heart. I’ll be home soon. “Back in court in three weeks, so everyone will see me get sentenced then – that’s what everybody wants. “You’ll see me do my time, which I deserve.” The court had earlier heard that the elderly man was stood on the banks of the river while magnet fishing at around 2.30pm on Sunday, April 25. Bridgeman then callously delivered a sickening flying kick to his back, causing him to career into the Mersey and bang his head as he fell. He suffered a cut to the face as a result. He had been wearing a puffer jacket at the time of the attack, a coat which quickly filled up with water and left him struggling to breathe or exit the fast-flowing river. The victim "just about managed to keep his head above water" before he was rescued by two Good Samaritans. After walking home soaking wet and shivering, his family reported the incident to the police. Bridgeman, of Quebec Road, Warrington, handed himself in at a police station following a public appeal for information over the disgraceful assault. Read More Related Articles Youths filmed the moment they kicked man, 74, into river in Warrington Read More Related Articles Girls who rescued man kicked into River Mersey made human chain to get him out In a statement read out to the court, the victim’s wife said: “Since then, my husband has completely changed.

. “He is confused and fearful – he feels that he has lost all faith in the system. “The incident has made him think that all teenagers are trouble and would treat him in the same way if given the chance. “We used to go for walks along the river, but since the incident he is refusing to do so – particularly near any kind of water – as he is scared of being assaulted again. “He feels he is lucky to be alive and I agree with him, because he might have drowned. “This incident will have an impact on him for the rest of his life. “I can only hope that in the coming weeks and months he will be able to process what has happened.” Judge Barnes heard Bridgeman is a regular cannabis user who was placed into care at the age of eight and suffers from ADHD. He told Bridgeman: “The incident you have pleaded guilty to is quite shocking, and ultimately it’s a serious incident. “The court will no doubt be considering very seriously whether to impose a prison sentence. “That is in your hands – if you cooperate, the probation service might be able to suggest a recommendation that does not involve a prison sentence. “Your conduct between now and then will play a large part.” A 15-year-old boy who uploaded the clip to Snapchat admitted assault. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced in the youth court a week prior to his co-defendant. The teen, who shook hands with Bridgeman as he was allowed to leave the dock, has been released on unconditional bail. Youngsters Ellie Hughes and Khloe Woods had previously been praised for their actions in rescuing the man. The 14-year-old friends formed a human chain in order to pull him from the river. The victim also lost a sentimental silver dollar pendant attached to his keyring – a keepsake from his dad, who he never knew. Several well-wishers scoured the Mersey in the days following the incident in an attempt to find this memento. And one successfully pulled the item from the water using a magnet on the Friday afternoon of the attack. Kind-hearted residents donated hundreds of pounds to an online crowdfunding page set up with the aim of sending the pensioner on a fishing holiday. Top stories from CheshireLive Here are the latest stories from the CheshireLive newsletter IT manager who banged his head at work awarded over £500k in damages First look inside Crewe Market Hall as it reopens after £3m refresh Homes in Cheshire now worth as much as £36k more since March 2020 Ice Cream Farm's drive-thru is here to stay England manager's message to Ashton Hulme and Crewe Alex Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It's free and means you'll never miss the most important Cheshire news of the day You can sign up here Not signed up but want to try it out? You can read a preview of today's newsletter here

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Cheshire news Teen who kicked man, 74, into river apologises outside court MetiNews.Com


Cheshire news Teen who kicked man, 74, into river apologises outside court MetiNews.Com

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