UPDATE: Teenagers Arrested and Charged With Hate Crime After Incident on Bus
Back in May of this year, three teenage boys had attacked a lesbian couple on a the upper deck of a bus in London.
The teenagers were making lewd gestures and remarks toward the women trying to get them to kiss. They wanted to be left alone and from what we can now see in the video, the women fought back against the attackers.
Now the teenagers have been arrested for committing a hate crime.
According to Fox News,
The three boys, aged between 15 and 16, appeared in Highbury Corner Youth Court on charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behavior, the Metropolitan Police said in a news release. Two of the boys pleaded guilty to offenses of an aggravated hate crime.
The teens had thrown coins and made lewd and homophobic gestures at the women, police said. Security footage from the bus showed the boys fighting Geymonat and Hannigan, punching the women several times. After leaving them with bloodied injuries to their faces, the teens robbed the women.
Speaking shortly after the attack, Geymonat said the teens had surrounded them and attacked her girlfriend after they refused to kiss.
“The next thing I remember was Chris in the middle of them and they were beating her,” Geymonat said. “I didn’t think about it and went in. I was pulling her back and trying to defend her so they started beating me up.”
My presumption about the identities of the suspects still cannot be verified since they are minors and have withheld their identity as a matter of privacy, but I still believe that they may have been of some other ethnicity or a particular religion based on the things they said to the women and from what I can see in the video. I just hope we find out.
#NoPlaceForHate | "No one should be victimised because of their sexuality"
Three teens have pleaded guilty after a violent homophobic incident on a bus. Following lewd gestures, a fight ensued and the female victims were punched repeatedly in the face
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