Teen death bully is jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:27 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:25 25 August 2010

A15-YEAR-OLD who bullied a vicar s daughter into jumping to her death from a third-floor window has been jailed for eight years.

A15-YEAR-OLD who bullied a vicar's daughter into jumping to her death from a third-floor window has been jailed for eight years.

Hatice Can, then just 13, of Dallin Road, Plumstead, subjected Rosi Boxall to a catalogue of abuse for two years before she plunged from a council flat.

Her accomplice Oluwakemi Ajose, 19, of Coleraine Road, Woolwich, will be detained indefinitely in hospital under the Mental Health Act, as she is suffering from a schizophrenic spectrum disorder.

She has since tried to force several young girls to hang themselves with bedding in a campaign of bullying while on remand at Holloway prison.

Miss Boxall, 19, of Westcombe Park, was punched, slapped, pulled by her hair, sprayed in the eyes with deodorant and branded a "whore" and a "slag" before she plunged to her death.

In the minutes before her death she was filmed on a mobile phone as the "controlling and violent" younger girl ordered Ajose to slap her around the head and pull her from a chair by the hair.

Her tormentors urged her to jump and Rosi leapt 30ft to her death to escape her tormentors.

As she lay dying on the concrete Can told her: "Serves you right, b**ch."

Both girls were convicted of manslaughter after a two-week trial at the Old Bailey last month.

Can sobbed as she was led to the cells. Ajose showed no emotion.

Judge Peter Thornton said: "This was cruel abject bullying, it was ugly and repeated.

"As it was once said bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with pretty sure instinct in sensing their prey.

"Rosi was the quiet one, which no doubt is why you picked on her.

"All those who indulge in violent bulling know the courts are likely to deal severely with them as a lesson to others."

Rosi was born in Brazil but was adopted aged two by the Reverend Simon Boxall and his wife Rachel after being abandoned by her alcoholic mother.

Detective Inspector Bob Meade said: "The evidence clearly indicated that Rosimeiri Boxall fell to her death whilst attempting to escape from a sustained episode of bullying consisting of threats, verbal abuse and physical assault. Miss Boxall made no attempt to fight back or defend herself.

"This case highlights the extent to which victims of bullying may go in order to escape their tormentors."

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