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Teenage boys admit harassing gay couple on night bus after they refused to kiss
28 November 2019, 14:40
Three teenage boys have admitted harassing and threatening a gay couple on a night bus after they refused to kiss in front of them.
Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Christine Hannigan were on the upper deck of a double-decker night bus in Camden, north London, when they were confronted by the youths in the early hours of May 30.
The teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, appeared in court on Thursday after previously denying charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Highbury Corner Youth Court previously heard the two women were surrounded by the boys, hit with coins and subjected to sexual gestures after they refused to perform a sex act.
Before the trial on Thursday which was expected to last two days, all the teenagers who cannot be named due to their ages, admitted the public order offences.
Prosecutor Saira Khan told the court the teenagers each played different roles during the nine-minute incident.
Charges were dropped on Thursday against a 17-year-old.
Dr Geymonat shared a photograph of herself and her date covered in blood after the incident. The story was covered in news outlets around the world.
The teenagers are due to be sentenced later by District Judge Susan Williams.