A trio of British teenagers have admitted to harassing a lesbian couple that refused to kiss each other on a London bus, the London Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday.
Two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old pleaded guilty in Highbury Magistrates’ Court to various public offenses, according to a statement from police. They had previously denied charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behavior.
One 16-year-old pleaded to handling a stolen phone and two offenses of the public order act, and the other pleaded to an aggravated hate crime. The latter will appear at a hearing Friday.
The 15-year-old pleaded to handling stolen bank card and two offenses of the public order act, including an aggravated hate crime, according to the police release.
All three will be sentenced on Dec. 23.
#NoPlaceForHate | “No one should be victimised because of their sexuality”
Three teens have pleaded guilty after a violent homophobic incident on a bus. Following lewd gestures, a fight ensued and the female victims were punched repeatedly in the face
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) November 28, 2019
Ryanair flight attendant Melania Geymonat, 28, and her American girlfriend Chris Hannigan reported being attacked on a London bus at 2:30 a.m. on May 30 when they refused to kiss in front of the boys, who allegedly made lewd and homophobic comments and gestures.
“No one should ever be victimised 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,” Detective Constable Darren Barlow said in the police release.
Prosecutor Saira Khan said all three teenagers played different roles in the attack, according to BBC.
Four people were charged over the incident in July before charges were dropped against one of them Thursday, according to the police.