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Three teenagers jailed for homophobic Valentine’s Day attack - Ealing Broadway

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Three teenagers have been convicted of a homophobic hate crime against two men who were travelling home from a Valentine’s Day celebration.

The three boys, aged 15, 16, and 17, were each sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (14/9) to six months’ imprisonment.

They pleaded guilty to violent disorder and in one case possession of an offensive weapon.

They were also each ordered to pay £100 in compensation to each of their victims.

On 15 February 2017 at around 1am two men, aged 35 and 26 at the time, boarded a train from Reading to London and fell asleep. The three offenders, who cannot be named for legal reasons due to their age, boarded the train at Hayes and Harlington.

When the victims awoke as the train was approaching Ealing Broadway, the three boys began attacking them.

The group of boys repeatedly punched and kicked the victims in a violent and prolonged assault.

The victims sustained extensive bruising to the head and face and one of them lost two teeth.

Investigating officer, PC Peter Taylor, said: “This was a very nasty assault committed by a group of people who attacked two men whilst they were sleeping on the train. The motivation for the attack was that the hatred of the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, and I am pleased that the court accepted this and treated the incident as a homophobic hate crime. As a result  the offenders’ sentences were increased from four months’ imprisonment to six months’ imprisonment because of the hate crime element.

“As this case demonstrates, hate crime will absolutely not be tolerated by British Transport Police and we encourage victims to report it to us so that we can find the offenders and bring them to justice.”

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