Woman who milkshaked homeless man is ordered to do unpaid work

Unemployed woman who milkshaked homeless man as he was being punched and kicked on the ground is ordered to do unpaid work

  • A video of jobless Dana Hooper, 24, assaulting a homeless man went viral 
  • She poured a milkshake over the victim while another man beat him in Brighton 
  • The 24-year-old woman  followed him after a confrontation on October 13  

An unemployed woman who milkshaked a homeless man being beaten on the ground was ordered to do unpaid work by a judge today. 

Jobless Dana Hooper was ordered to do unpaid work after a clip of her throwing liquid over the 60-year-old man as he was being attacked was viewed thousands of times.

Hooper, 24, threw her milkshake over Nick Hulley as he groaned in pain and tried to defend himself, Brighton magistrates court heard.

Unemployed Dana Hooper, 24, pictured in both images, was ordered to undertake unpaid work by Brighton Magistrates court today 

Dana Hooper, 24, was caught on film dashing a cup of milkshake over the elderly homeless man on October 13

Hooper, pictured, pleaded guilty to common assault. Today, the judge said Hooper’s sentence had been increased due to the humiliation she had subjected the homeless man to

Hooper followed Mr Hulley after an earlier confrontation with him earlier in the evening near a theatre in the city on October 13.

A clip from the video was played in court as part of the prosecution evidence against Hooper.

Hooper, from Portslade, pleaded guilty to common assault by throwing her drink over Mr Hulley.

District Judge Teresa Szagun told Hooper her sentence was increased by the humiliation she subjected him to.

‘I found it was an aggravating feature you were prepared to continue following him – whilst he was being assaulted by others – to add to the humiliation by the action you took.’

Suzanne Soros prosecuting said independent witnesses described being concerned for Mr Hulley’s safety and trying to intervene.

‘She carried on abusing him even after people were saying to leave him alone,’ Ms Soros said.

The 60-year-old, believed to be homeless, was left slumped against a wall in the attack as another man shouted ‘I’ll knock you out’, and another spat at him

‘They describe kicking while he was on the floor and he was shouting and groaning in pain.

‘I could see him on his back, holding his arm up as if trying to protect himself, one said.

‘Female One told a witness, I’ll stamp on his head in front of you.

‘Female Two had a bottle in her hand and started sloshing the liquid on him,’ Ms Soros said.

Mr Hulley has not come forward to make a complaint, the court heard, and there was would be no financial compensation for him.

Hooper was with a group of friends on the Sunday evening.

Ed Fish defending said there has been a confrontation between Hooper, her friends and Mr Hulley.

A passerby on Ship Street in central Brighton on October 13, recorded this footage when he heard a man screaming as five people appeared to gather around him

‘The man is still making comments and she throws the drink over him,’ Mr Fish said.

The court heard Hooper has been afraid to leave home since the video went viral.

Ed Fish, defending Hooper, said she had been subjected to abuse and threats, adding that his client lost control at the time of the incident.   

‘She does apologise and she regrets it,’ he said.

DJ Szagun said: ‘There has been a considerable backlash at the outrage at your behaviour.

‘You having been shamed by social media and judged by them.

‘It may be there wasn’t a full picture of the circumstances.

‘You say this was a retaliation for abuse from the victim earlier.

‘This is not any justification for your behaviour.’

The judge acknowledged Hooper had a difficult and complex background and ordered her to serve a 12 month community order including 12 rehabilitation days and 80 hours unpaid work.

Hooper will also be under electronic weekend curfew and will have £175 costs and surcharge deducted from her benefits.

Peter Derbyshire, 37, of Bognor Regis is charged with assault by beating of Mr Hulley.

He is due to appear at Brighton magistrates court at the end of the month. 


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