Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.
Two women say they were subjected to a homophobic attack and left covered in blood after refusing to kiss on a bus.
Police have launched an investigation after a woman and her girlfriend we’re assaulted and robbed by a group of men on the London Night Bus.
During the shocking incident Ryanair flight attendant Melania Geymonat aged 28 from Uruguay was on a date with her girlfriend Chris.
Suddenly they found them self in a disgusting situation on the N1 night bus in West Hampstead, after a night out on Thursday 30 May.
A group of young men began harassing them when they discovered the women were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures.
Four male teenagers aged between 15 and 18 have been arrested.
They are being questioned on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm
Launching an appeal on Facebook Geymonat discussed how she and her girlfriend were targeted by a group of four men who spotted them kissing.
Writing on Facebook she said “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions.
“I don’t remember the whole episode, but the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind. It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away.
“Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it. The next thing I know is 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. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well.”
“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. I’m tired of being taken as a SEXUAL OBJECT, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up JUST BECAUSE. We have to endure verbal harassment AND CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE because when you stand up for yourself shit like this happens.
“By the way, I am thankful to all the women and men in my life that understand that HAVING BALLS MEANS SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I just hope that in June,Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they STOP HAPPENING!”
Both of the women required hospital treatment for facial injuries and during the incident had a phone and bag stolen from them during the assault. .
The Met Police have confirmed they are investigating the attack and have appealed for witnesses to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD737/30May. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
British Transport Police have now confirmed a number of arrests have been made in relation to the incident.
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