Three teen boys plead guilty after 'homophobic' bus incident

The pair suffered facial injuries

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Three teenage boys have pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to threatening two women on a bus after they refused to perform a sex act.

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Christine Hannigan were on the upper deck of a double-decker night bus in Camden, north London, when they were confronted by the youths in the early hours of May 30.

Highbury Corner Youth Court previously heard the two women were surrounded by the boys, hit with coins and subjected to sexual gestures.

A scuffle was seen on the lower deck of the bus, and Ms Geymonat was later seen with a bloodied nose after running towards the group.

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

The teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 15, appeared in court today after denying charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behaviour at an earlier hearing.

Prosecutor Saira Khan told the court the boys were provoked by "the fact it was a same-sex couple", but said she was unsure whether it could be described as a "hate crime".

The decision of whether the incident was aggravated by their sexual orientation will be decided at sentence.

One 16-year-old admitted one count of handling stolen goods and two public order offences, and the other pleaded guilty to a public order offence.

The 15-year-old, who also admitted a count of handling stolen goods and two public order offences, will appear again at Highbury Corner Youth Court for sentence on December 23.

Charges were dropped against a 17-year-old.

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