Cori Glencross was filmed by a friend beating a pensioner to the ground before pleading with judges to keep her identity a secret, fearing her own safety.

The 23-year-old begged with Magistrates to impose an anonymity order on her trial to keep her case out of the public eye.

Goolang Magistrates’ Court, in Victoria, Australia, threw out the application under the presumption of open justice.

It was ruled she would have to live with ‘demeaning and humiliating’ posts on social media after finding no evidence of threat among the messages.

Open justice is based on the fundamental principle that the actions of the courts should be transparent to the public.

Magistrate McGarvie said Glencross had been charged with shop theft and committing indictable offences while on bail between November 2018 and March this year.

But the most sickening moment was her attack on an elderly woman, the Geelong Advertiser reported.

Magistrate McGarvie did acknowledge Glencross had been ‘named and shamed’ and suffered heavy scrutiny.

She said: ‘Whilst this post is cruel, demeaning and humiliating, there is no evidence within those comments of threats to her safety’ and that ‘public interest in open justice trumps the protection of the individual reputations’.

‘It will embarrass her, it will humiliate her, and it will shame her.

‘However I am not satisfied that a closed court order is necessary and the application is refused,’ she added.

Glencross will be sentenced on October 29.