A teenage boy who flying kicked a 74-year-old man into a freezing river has said sorry to his victim.
Benjamin Bridgeman, 18, filmed a video apology outside Warrington Magistrates Court today after pleading guilty to assault by beating in relation to the incident on April 25.
A 15-year-old co-accused, who can’t be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty to common assault.
It is thought the younger defendant filmed the shocking attack before posting it to Snapchat alongside a smiling emoji, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The footage shows the man being forcefully kicked as he stood on the banks of the River Mersey.
As the victim floundered in the waters those responsible ran away, and laughing could be heard.
Bridgeman, from Warrington, Cheshire, was approached coming out of court and, when asked if he wanted to say anything, gave an apology.
He said: “Obviously, I’m very sorry and that, you know, it wasn’t supposed to happen. I didn’t realise he was 74 years old.”
“Obviously everyone makes mistakes in life. Do you know what I mean? That’s the honest truth from the bottom of my heart. There’s not much I can say.”
His mum, who supported him in court, said: “For me, I want the elderly gentleman to get better because my son’s not a rogue.
“It was something that he did, stupidly, at the minute and nobody wants the fella [to]… what’s the word? Suffer.
“So for me, all I want is for that man to just get his life back because it shouldn’t have happened.”
Pointing to her son, she adds: “He’s well in the wrong and he knows he’s in the wrong, 100%.”
Bridgeman added: “Back in court in three weeks so everyone will see me get sentenced then which I know that’s what everybody wants.
“So, you’ll see me do my time which I deserve and yeah man sorry for what I’ve done and that is it.”
The two teenagers are due back in court to be sentenced in June.
In a Victim Personal Statement, the victim’s wife said her husband “believes he could have drowned that day, if it had not have been for the young girls that helped him out”.
A CPS spokesperson added: “She says he has changed since the attack and has become aggressive, depressed and is reluctant to go out.”
The elderly victim was rescued by two heroic school girls.
Friends Ellie Hughes and Khloe Woods, 14, were walking down the river bank in Warrington and heard someone screaming for help and turned around to find the man in the freezing cold water.
The teens rushed to the man’s aid and made a human chain to get him out of the water.