Man faces hate crime charges for attacking 2 trans women

Man faces hate crime charges for attacking 2 trans women

Trans women from New York were in the Jackson Heights neighbourhood on St. Patrick’s Day as a man began to abuse them verbally with homophobic and transphobic slurs. He then attacked one of the women, throwing her to the ground and punching her repeatedly. He momentarily left the scene but came back with a cane which he used to hit the other women, who he also punched in the face. The attacker was later identified as Patrick O’Meara, a 38-year-old man that had been arrested 8 times before. Now he is free on bail pending the trial.The attack has been described as horrifying, and local campaigners have pledged to send a message that LGBT violence is not welcome in the neighbourhood, or anywhere else in New York City. The attacker will be trialed by the end of March

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