Teenage boys charged with hate crime over ‘homophobic bus attack’

Melania Geymonat and her partner went to hospital

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Four teenage boys have been charged after a lesbian couple were subjected to an alleged homophobic attack.

Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were allegedly targeted when they refused to kiss on a London bus in the early hours of May 30.

Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

Two boys aged 16, one aged 15 and another aged 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime.

One of the 16-year-olds is charged with theft and the other is accused of possessing cannabis.

All four boys will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.

In the aftermath of the incident Sadiq Khan called the alleged attack “disgusting” and “misogynistic”.

Then Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the alleged assault and said: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.

“Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”

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