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Teenage bully detained for girl's window fall death

Rosimeiri Boxall
Rosimeiri Boxall fell to her death from a third-floor window

A teenage girl has been ordered to be detained for eight years for causing the death of a vicar's daughter who jumped from a window.

Hatice Can, 15, had been found guilty of the manslaughter of 19-year-old Rosimeiri Boxall in south-east London.

She died after falling from the third-floor of a flat in Blackheath last May.

Miss Boxall was beaten and bullied by Can and Kemi Ajose, 19. Ajose was ordered to be detained without limit of time at a psychiatric hospital.

Bullying in prison

Sentencing, Judge Peter Thornton described the pair as "cowards" and said the attack was "cruel, abject bullying - it was ugly, vicious and repeated".

He said Can had been the leader and Ajose had joined in.

And he said Can's eight-year youth custody order would have been higher had she been older.

Judge Thornton said Ajose had continued to bully vulnerable women in custody at Holloway Prison.

"You tried to get several of them to hang themselves with their bedding," the judge said.

'Serves you right'

The two teenagers, who were 17 and 13 at the time, blamed each other for telling Miss Boxall to jump when she climbed up to the window after she was attacked.

Roger Smart, prosecuting, said the three had been arguing over a boy.

Part of the attack on Miss Boxall by Ajose, from Blackheath, was filmed by a neighbour on a mobile phone. The footage was played to the jury.

Can had shouted insults and was said to have shouted: "Serves you right" as Miss Boxall lay dying on the ground.

Miss Boxall, who was born in Brazil, was adopted by an Anglican missionary, the Reverend Simon Boxall, and his wife Rachel.

The couple found her in a children's home where she had been abandoned by her alcoholic mother.

The family returned to the UK in 2005 and settled in Thamesmead, south-east London.

The Rev Boxall, who runs an Anglican community church, said outside court that he and his wife Rachel would pray for the bullies.

He said: "We want them to know that we forgive them."



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