The 17-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, said he would be living with guilt over the sickening attack until “he goes into the ground in a box”.
He claimed in court he didn't throw anything over Janice Morris, 49, as she was sitting on a park bench but admitted laughing as he went over to investigate.
The teen also said he posed for vile pic beside three other thugs as the mentally ill victim cowered in front of them.
He was today given a three month reparation order requiring him to do 24 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of a public order offence last month.
The photo horrified the nation after it was posted on social media following the attack in July last year in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
After it spread online, the teen handed himself into police when his dad heard they were investigating the picture.
Chris Casey, defending, said today the yob he had been “immature” and that he now realised his actions had caused the victim to be “distressed and upset” – but didn't appreciate it at the time.
He added: “He was not part of the initial group, but his conduct was totally unacceptable.
“He says he would like to meet the lady to apologise to her face to face, and say to her that what he did was wrong.
“He accepts his presence there was encouraging people in their behaviour. He was to see her and say, ‘I am very sorry. I was wrong’.
“He has recognised the consequences of his behaviour. At the time he was aged 16. I have told him that until the day he goes into the ground in a box , this will live with him for the rest of his life.”
WANTS TO APOLOGISE
Since the attack, the teenager has started college and works 15 hours a week in a part time job.
He said: "My parents look at me a bit differently now and ask where I am going, and checking that I am not with the same people.”
Sentencing, presiding magistrate David Broughton ordered him to pay Miss Morris £150 compensation and £620 costs with a £20 victim surcharge within 14 days.
Last November, four other youths admitted using threatening words or behaviour in connection with the attack.
They were each given 12 month referral orders and ordered to pay £100 compensation to their victim, as well as a £20 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.
Cohan Semple, 18, was given a year long community order at another hearing in December.
Miss Morris, who is schizophrenic and alcohol dependent, said at his trial the attack had left her “a bit shell-shocked, a bit raw”.
She added: “I don't know what I did to antagonise them. I wasn't anticipating it to happen.
"They got quite aggressive quite quickly. I was more shocked and surprised, I don't know exactly what I'm supposed to say.”
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