Three teenage boys on Thursday pleaded responsible to threatening a lesbian couple who refused their calls for to kiss on a London bus earlier this 12 months, a “homophobic incident” that left the 2 ladies with bloody facial accidents, authorities mentioned.
Melania Geymonat, a 28-year-old flight attendant from Uruguay, and her American girlfriend, Chris Hannigan, were attacked on the upper deck of a bus touring by West Hampstead, London, within the early hours of Might 30.
The three boys, aged between 15 and 16, appeared in Highbury Nook Youth Court docket on expenses of harassment through the use of threatening or abusive phrases or habits, the Metropolitan Police mentioned in a news release. Two of the boys pleaded responsible to offenses of an aggravated hate crime.
The kids had thrown cash and made lewd and homophobic gestures on the ladies, police mentioned. Security footage from the bus showed the boys combating Geymonat and Hannigan, punching the ladies a number of occasions. After leaving them with bloodied accidents to their faces, the teenagers robbed the ladies.
Talking shortly after the assault, Geymonat said the teenagers 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 mentioned. “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.”
The ladies had been taken to a hospital and obtained therapy for facial accidents after the confrontation.
“Nobody ought to ever be victimized due to their sexuality and I hope that this end result brings some type of closure to each victims and so they can put this ordeal behind them,” Detective Constable Darren Barlow mentioned.
A fourth teen, aged 17, had the fees dropped towards him Thursday, police mentioned.
The three boys who pleaded responsible can be sentenced on Dec. 23.