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December 21, 2019

The Teen Perp Who Attacked A Couple of Girls They Would Not Kiss on London Bus, Been Let Off


Melania Geymonat and Christine Hannigan pictured after the homophobic bus attack
 Do You Remember these Girls? They got the perp...No jail
              

A teenager who attacked a lesbian couple on a night bus because they refused to kiss has been let off with a referral order. Melania Geymonat and Christine Hannigan were surrounded, pelted with coins, punched in the face several times, and subjected to sexual gestures on their way home in Camden, north London in May. The boy, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted targeting the women at a previous hearing. Today he was sentenced at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior and for stealing Ms. Geymonat’s handbag during the attack. He was sentenced to an eight-month youth referral order, 12 hours’ reparation and ordered to pay £220 in fines and prosecution costs. His sentence was increased from six to eight months due to the homophobic nature of the attack, the court heard. The teen shook his head as the prosecution described the ‘taunting’ and ‘degrading’ attack. Maria Slater, prosecuting, said the teenager refused to answer questions after his arrest. Reading a statement written by Melania, Ms. Slater said: ‘I’m feeling so angry and so upset right now. I’m feeling such a strong pain.’ The prosecutor added: ‘She said she felt hopeless at the time.’

Last month, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to a four-month youth rehabilitation order for his part in the attack. He will also face a 20-hour reparation requirement, similar to community service, and a two-week curfew and was advised to write a letter of apology to the two women who were attacked. The two teenagers along with a third boy, 15, admitted attacking the women shortly before a scheduled trial. Highbury Corner Youth Court was told last month that the 15-year-old approached the couple who were at the front of the N31 double-decker in north London in the early hours of 30 May. He then made a scissoring gesture towards them with his fingers before the attack. 

The 16-year-old took the handbag as the group fled the bus, the court heard. CCTV footage played in court showed the moment the teenagers targeted the two women. Melania Geymonat was punched in the face and had her handbag stolen (Picture: Metropolitan Police) CCTV captured the couple being surrounded by a group of teenagers on the N31 night bus in the early hours of 30 May (Picture: PA) Speaking after the sentencing today, DC Darren Barlow said: ‘No one should ever be victimized because of their sexuality and I hope that this result brings some form of closure to both victims and they can put this ordeal behind them.’ Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at TfL, said: ‘This sickening incident was utterly unacceptable. ‘Homophobic abuse is a hate crime and won’t be tolerated on our network. All of our customers have the right to travel without fear of verbal or physical abuse. ‘We hope this case reminds all of our customers that they should accept everyone for who they are and they have absolutely no right to abuse them.’ The 15-year-old will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court for his sentencing on 23 December.









November 30, 2019

Another Knife Attack at London Bridge





 Passers-by who tackled a man wielding a knife on London Bridge has been praised as "everyday heroes".
The man had stabbed two people to death and wounded three others in a "terror-related" incident. 
Footage on social media shows the knifeman being held down by members of the public before firearms officers intervene and shoot him dead.
One man who intervened said they had been trying to dislodge a knife from the man's hand.
The suspect, Usman Khan, 28, a convicted terrorist, was shot dead by police officers
The Queen praised the emergency services and "the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others". 
Members of the public also expressed their admiration for those involved.
George Robarts tweeted that one man, filmed walking away from the attacker holding a knife, "ran through traffic and jumped the central partition to tackle the attack with several others".
He continued: "We ran away but [it] looks like he disarmed him, amazing bravery."
tweet Twitter user Tom replied "an even bigger one to the man who restrained him" referencing one of the other civilians involved, who was seen pinning the attacker to the floor. Amy Coop, who was inside Fishmongers' Hall where the attack began, tweeted her praise of a man who went to confront the attacker.
One person took a fire extinguisher and let it off in the face of the attacker to try to keep him at bay.
Tour guide Stevie Hurst was one of those who helped restrain Khan. 
He told BBC 5 live he saw the suspect being held down and kicked his head.
People were screaming that the attacker had "stabbed a couple of women", he said.
Steve HurstImage copyrightSTEVE HURST
Image captionStevie Hurst said he "doesn't know" why he was compelled to restrain the attacker
"Everyone was just on top of him, trying to bundle him to the ground.
"We saw that the knife was still in his hand... I just put a foot in to try and kick him in the head.
"We were trying to do as much as we could to try and dislodge the knife from his hand so he wouldn't harm anyone else.
“The guys that were there were absolutely amazing. Heroes beyond belief."
A Metropolitan Police Armed Response officer stands guard near Borough MarketImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionLondon Bridge remains under police cordon
Mr Hurst's colleague, Thomas Gray, 24, said he stamped on the terrorist's wrist to try to make him release one of two large knives he was carrying.
The tour manager said: "I was brought up on rugby and the rule is 'one in, all in'. I did what any Londoner would do and tried to put a stop to it.
"He had two knives on him, one in each hand, and it looked like they were taped to his hands.
"I stamped on his left wrist while someone else smacked his hand on the ground and kicked one of the knives away."
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker joined hundreds on Twitter to praise two men who helped stop the attacker.
"These fellas are amazing. The terrorist has already killed two people, injured others and they chase him down with a whale tusk and a fire extinguisher. 
"He's wearing a suicide vest which they don't know is fake. Incredible. True heroes," said Walker. 
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she wanted to thank the members of the public who have helped, "showing extraordinary courage by stepping in to tackle this attacker".

'A lot of courage'

Brendan Cox, whose wife MP Jo Cox was murdered, said: "I hope the front pages tomorrow are full of the stories of the everyday heroes who helped stop the attack, not fixated on the low-life attention seekers who carried it out."
Similarly, Kera Stewart said, rather than see the face of the attacker, she wanted to see the faces of the "brave, heroic pedestrians who took him down, disarmed him and saved people's lives."
Harvey Bateman added: "It takes a lot of courage to do something like that."
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Spencer Owen said: "To the brave pedestrians who held the man with a knife down on London Bridge before the armed police got there, you're all heroes."
Media captionSadiq Khan called members of the public who intervened in the incident "the best of us"
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister Boris Johnson both offered their thanks.
Mr Johnson praised emergency services and said members of the public "who physically intervened to protect the lives of others" showed "extraordinary bravery".
"For me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all of our country," he said.
Mr Khan said the people who confronted the attacker "risked their own safety".
"They are the best of us," he said. 

June 9, 2019

Five Arrested in Connection to The Lesbian Couple Attack in a London Bus





A lesbian couple was attacked on a douple-decker London bus late last month.
Five males between 15 and 18 years old have been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack on a London bus late last month, London police say. 
Melania Geymonat posted about the violent incident on her Facebook page, describing what began as a date night with her partner Chris. On the way home, a group of boys began harassing them. 
"They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions," she wrote. The couple was beaten and bloodied by the group, who allegedly stole their belongings. 
Her post went on to express frustration at the violence the LGBTQ community has had to endure. "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."
Four suspects were arrested Friday, and just as the month-long Pride celebration kicked off in London on Saturday, police arrested a fifth teenager in connection to the incident. All five are males between 15 and 18 years old.  Geymonat's post has prompted an outcry against homophobic violence on social media. London's Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted about the incident: 
According to government data, hate crimes in England and Wales targeting victims' sexual orientation rose 27% in 2017-2018 to a total of 11,638 incidents. Hate crimes targeting transgender people rose 32%. Police estimate that those numbers are getting larger, at least in part, because of improved protocol for reporting these crimes to police — but they still likely don't reflect the reality of hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. 
A 2017 study conducted by Stonewall, a U.K.-based advocacy organization, showed that 1 in every 5 LGBT individuals polled in Britain had experienced a hate crime or incident in the 12 months before the survey. Four out of every 5 of those victims, however, didn't report it to police. Many who did report said they weren't taken seriously.

June 7, 2019

Gay Couple Bloodied in Attack on a London Bus






Melania Geymonat said the men made sexual gestures and demanded that the two women kiss before they attacked.

By Emily Mee, news reporter, Sky News
Friday 7 June 2019 11:43, UK
LGBTLONDON

Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were left bloodied after the attack. Pic: Melania Geymonat
Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were left bloodied after the attack. Pic: Melania Geymonat
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Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were left bloodied after the attack. Pic: Melania Geymonat

  
A woman who was left bloodied on a London bus while heading home from a date with her girlfriend has spoken out against "chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence". 

Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris were on a night bus heading to Camden, north London, on 30 May when a group of four men started to make lewd comments and asked them to kiss. 
The women were then attacked and punched several times before the assailants ran off the bus.

In a Facebook post, Miss Geymonat said the pair had been sitting on the top deck of a double-decker bus and there appeared to be no one else around when the incident happened.

"We must have kissed or something because these guys came after us," she said. 

"They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions.

"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 us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it."

Miss Geymonat said her girlfriend confronted the men and three of them began "beating her up".

After trying to intervene, Miss Geymonat said she was also punched.

She said, "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."

Both women suffered facial injuries and were taken to hospital, while Miss Geymonat added she may have broken her nose during the ordeal.

The attackers also stole a phone and bag from the women.

Miss Geymonat said one of the men spoke Spanish and the others had British accents.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the incident as a "disgusting, misogynistic attack" and said hate crimes against the LGBT+ community "will not be tolerated in London".

In her social media post, Miss Geymonat said she was tired of hearing about gay friends being beaten up "just because".

"We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence," she said.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward with information.

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