Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bully, 13,who Chased Girl to Death; Killer of Vicar's Daughter Goes Sobbing to the Cells

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bully, 13,who Chased Girl to Death; Killer of Vicar's Daughter Goes Sobbing to the Cells

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A GIRL who was 13 when she drove a vicar's adopted daughter to jump to her death from a third-floor window was convicted of manslaughter today.

Hatice Can, now 15, was led sobbing to the cells and was comforted by her mother after the verdict was read out.

She and Oluwakemi Ajose, who was 17 at the time, had denied causing the death of 19-year-old Rosimeiri Boxall at council-owned temporary accommodation in Blackheath.

Ajose, from Charlton, had been best friends with the vicar's daughter but they fell out when Can and Rosimeiri rowed over a boy.

On the day of the attack Ajose and Can had been drinking vodka before launching an attack on Rosimeiri. She was beaten by the two defendants who could be seen on mobile phone film laughing, with Can urging Ajose to punch "lower, lower". The sound of her being slapped and punched echoed around the courtroom. Her hair was pulled and hairspray was aimed at her face.

Rosimeiri leapt in desperation from the window. As she lay dying, Can is said to have shouted: "Serves you right, bitch." The judge Continued on Page

Continued from Page 1 ordered that Can's name can be published as a deterrent to bullies around the country.

"There is a legitimate public interest in the case and its outcome and the potential deterrent effect on others and the consequence of serious bullying," he said.

Can had received the guilty verdict in silence but minutes later suddenly burst into tears which prompted at least four women on the eight woman, four man jury also to start weeping.

The judge told them: "These things are always distressing." In contrast Ajose was poker faced as she was led away.

The Rev Simon Boxall, vicar of Open Gateway Community Church in Thamesmead, and his wife Rachel had adopted Rosi as a toddler in Brazil and brought her to Britain in 2005. …

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