LONDON: Teens Plead Guilty In Bus Attack On Lesbians

The New York Daily News reports:

Three teenage boys pleaded guilty Thursday in connection to a highly publicized attack on a lesbian couple inside a London bus six months ago, according to the city’s Metropolitan Police, which have now released surveillance video of the horrific assault.

One of the victims, Melania Geymonat, wrote in a viral Facebook post at the time that the teens started “behaving like hooligans” after learning she and her partner, identified only as Chris, were a couple. The May 30 incident then took a violent turn as the homophobic teens demanded the women kiss so the boys could watch them, according to her post.

“They kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it,” she wrote. “The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I’m being punched.”

From London’s Metropolitan Police:

The three suspects, aged between 15 and 16 years, appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 28 November) following a hate crime incident against two females on the N31 bus in the early hours of Thursday, 30 May. They will be sentenced on Monday, 23 December.

Superintendent Waheed Khan, the Met’s lead for Hate Crime, concluded: “London is such a diverse and tolerant city and I know that the public were rightly outraged that something of this nature could take place in our city.”

“Hate crime affects people from all walks of life, and impacts on communities across London. The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and is committed to working with partners, including MOPAC, to robustly tackle hate crime.”