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Four charged with hate crime over homophobic attack on two women riding night bus in West Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 18:16 25 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:08 26 July 2019

Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend after they were both assaulted on the N31 nightbus in Camden in a homophobic attack. Picture: Melania Geymonat

Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend after they were both assaulted on the N31 nightbus in Camden in a homophobic attack. Picture: Melania Geymonat

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Four teenagers have been charged with committing an aggravated homophobic hate crime on a night bus in West Hampstead.

Two women were travelling home on the N31 bus on May 30 when they were attacked by a group of young men.

Melania Geymonat, 28, was on the bus after a night out with her date Chris.

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The couple were approached and assaulted before their belongings were stolen. Both suffered facial injuries and were left bloodied.

Four boys have been charged under the Public Order Act.

A 16-year-old from Wandsworth has also been charged with theft and handling stolen goods, while a Kensington and Chelsea boy, also 16, also faces a charge for possession of cannabis.

The others charged are a 15-year-old from Kensington and Chelsea - who also faces an allegation of handling stolen goods - and a 17-year-old from the same west London borough.

They will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.

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