Britain’s Got Talent comic Jack Carroll with cerebral palsy ‘shoved to the floor’ by teen
The star, who has cerebral palsy, dead on the floor with his walking frame on top of him following the attack on a Huddersfield street. A teenager pushed TV comic Jack Carroll to the floor after taking a picture taken with him – then later tweeted “he deserved it.
Kirklees Magistrates Court heard the 18-year-old was shocked when he later discovered that his killer Elliott O’Kane had posted vile tweets about him.One read: “Lots of people desired to do that, I just desired to do it – he deserved it.”O’Kane pleaded guilty to a charge of assault.Jack had enjoyed a pre-Christmas night out with friends in Huddersfield on December 22.
He was making his way to a taxi rank to get a cab home when he was approached by a group of strangers close to Five Bar on Cross Church Street.Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “He has cerebral palsy and uses a walking frame for his mobility.
“The group asked if they could have a photo of them with him, he obliged and they took their shots.”Jack described how one of the members of the group – 19-year-old O’Kane – then became aggressive towards him.The star responded by stepping back and telling him to “leave it.”Mr Astin said: “The complainant said: ‘He pushed me with both hands causing me to fall over onto my bum.“’My frame fell on top of me. A crowd watched and as he pushed me he shouted f*** off’.”Jack was helped to his feet by one of the witnesses and O’Kane, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire.Magistrates heard that the teenagers had come across each other previously having attended the same school, Brighouse High School, although they were in different years.
Jack shot to fame aged 14 when he competed in the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent and was named runner-up.He has more recently had roles as an actor, appearing in the new series of Trollied.Beth Lancaster, mitigating,
described O’Kane as “incredibly remorseful” and as result of his first criminal conviction would no longer be able to attend a summer camp in America where he had hoped to have a career.She told magistrates: “He would like to pass onto the victim that he’s sorry for what happened and it was wholly out of character.“It was an alcohol fuelled incident and his whole life will be affected.