Teens plead guilty to harassing lesbian couple in brutal London bus attack

Boys admit threatening 28-year-old woman and her girlfriend in horrific homophobic bus attack

THREE teenagers have pleaded guilty to public order offences in which a same sex couple on a bus in Camden were threatened and pelted with coins.

The teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, appeared in court on Thursday after previously denying harassment charges.

They admitted the public order offences ahead of a scheduled trial at Highbury Corner Youth Court.

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".

Then - as shown in disturbing video obtained by The Sun - the teens surrounded the couple, tossing coins at them and imitating sexual gestures.

The women were taken to a hospital and received treatment for facial injuries after the confrontation.

Before the trial on Thursday which was expected to last two days, all the teenagers who can not be named due to their ages, admitted the public order offences. "They seem to think it is a huge joke".

She said there were at least four attackers, and within seconds they were hitting her girlfriend.

Whether the incident was aggravated by the women's' sexual orientations will be decided at sentence.

"What upsets me the most is that VIOLENCE HAS BECOME A COMMON THING, that sometimes it's necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact", she added.

The 17-year-old, from Kensington and Chelsea admitted one charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Ms Hannigan.

But District Judge Susan Williams stopped short of calling the attack a hate crime - though she does believe the pair was targeted due to their sexual orientation, according to the Sun.

News of the attack circulated on social media once Ms Geymonat posted a photo of herself and her partner with their faces covered in blood, following the attack.

He will be sentenced on December 19 at Wimbledon Youth Court.



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