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16-Year-Old Girl Who Featured In Viral Bullying Video Spared Jail

A court heard on Wednesday that the girl, who cannot be named, was drunk and cannot remember the incident from Saturday, 11 July. A video of the attack was seen more than 7 million times online. Update: She was sentenced to a 10-month referral order and told to pay £500 in compensation.

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The girl appeared in Birmingham Youth Court on Wednesday afternoon and pleaded guilty to one charge each of robbery and assault. She was told to return for sentencing on 3 August, the Birmingham Mail reported.

District judge Shamim Quereshi told the court she could face a detention and training order of up to eight months.

The girl cannot be named for legal reasons and police warned on Wednesday that social media users should now stop circulating the original video "out of respect for the alleged victims" and to avoid prejudicing legal proceedings.

The incident took place at 10pm on Saturday in the Northfield district of Birmingham and went viral on Tuesday after being posted on Facebook, where it was viewed more than 7 million times.

The girl's defence lawyer told the court she was heavily drunk during the incident, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Amy Nuttall, for the defence, said: "There has been considerable public backlash and she was remanded into custody for her welfare.

"She was in drink and could not remember what had happened. She recalls having an argument and she recalls going home and waking up the next day, being shown the video and being disgusted by her behaviour."

She said the defendant had received thousands of death threats since her mobile number was posted online.

In the video, a girl can be seen being forced to kneel down and apologise for giving someone "dirty looks". Another girl is grappled and knocked to the floor before her bag is emptied.

The defendant will have no internet access while she stays in council-run accommodation ahead of the sentencing and will be able to leave only if accompanied by staff.

Police still want to speak to a second suspect in connection with the video, who was out of the country yesterday.

The 16-year-old has been spared a custodial sentence and was instead given a 10-month youth referral order and told to pay her victims £500 in compensation, according to reporters tweeting from court.

Birmingham Youth Court heard on 3 August that she apologised for her crimes and said she needed help.

The girl, who still cannot be named for legal reasons relating to her age, had been told in previous hearing that she could face a detention order of up to 8 months.

Police said a decision has not been made on whether to charge a second girl in connection with the same incident.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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