Homeless woman tormented and covered in paint by drunk man

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man tormented a homeless woman and covered her in paint, it was heard at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Monday (January 23, 2012).

Lewis Nicholson, of Meadow Crescent, Worthing, pleaded guilty to both using threatening behaviour with intent to provoke unlawful violence and possession of cannabis.

On September 29, 2011, Nicholson was walking down Shelley Road with a group of friends when he saw homeless Evelyn Smith with her possessions in an alleyway. Nicholson, who had been drinking, threw tennis balls at Ms Smith from the other side of the road, one of which came into contact with her head. He then proceeded to cover her in fluorescent pink paint with a spray can.

Kirsten Sharp, prosecuting, said Ms Smith was not injured in the incident, but was clearly distressed by the attack.

Police then arrested Nicholson and found a small quantity of cannabis in his wallet.

Adrian Butt, defending, said Nicholson was “truly sorry” for what he had done.

“Mr Nicholson had been drinking the night before and also that morning, and does not completely remember the whole incident,” he said. “He was distressed as he had recently split up with his girlfriend, who had allegedly lied to him about being pregnant. He does not recall the whole event, but fully admits he played a part in it.”

Head of the bench Peter Levett sentenced Nicholson to a three-month electronic tag community order and curfew.