One of the London bus attackers avoids prison


A 16-year-old boy who admitted to targeting a same-sex couple in the homophobic London bus attack got a referral order. Three of the teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, pleaded guilty to harassment under the Public Order Act. The fourth boy, aged 17, had charges against him dropped .The 16-year-old also admitted stealing the victims’ bag and phone, that were later recovered. The teen was sentenced on December 19 2019 at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, and the referral order means he walked free from court and will have to serve an eight-month community sentence. The referral order was increased from six months because the attack had been proven to be a hate crime on the basis of the victims’ sexuality. He will also have to pay a £100 fine with a £20 surcharge. Chair magistrate Peter Bullet said: “By all accounts this was an unpleasant situation with offences committed by a large group in the early hours in a public space against two women on their own. It would seem it was both a homophobic trigger and the context for this offending behavior.”


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