A teenager who viciously attacked a lesbian couple on a London bus has avoided jail and been let off with a referral order.
Christine Hannigan and Melania Ramirez were pelted with coins, punched in the face and homophobically abused by a trio of boys in a late-night bus ride home.
The 16-year-old admitted targeting the lesbian couple just after they boarded the bus in north London in May this year.
Melania, a 28-year-old doctor originally from Uruguay, shared a photo of the bloodied couple's injuries following the sickening attack at around 2.15am on May 30.
The boy from Wandsworth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not given a jail sentence but was sentenced to an eight-month youth referral order and a 12-hour reparation at Wimbledon Magistrates Court today.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment, theft, and handling stolen goods.
The gang of thugs surrounded the couple, hit them with coins and made sexual gestures after realising they were a same-sex couple, Highbury Corner Youth Court was previously told.
All three teenagers, aged 15, 16, and 17, pleaded guilty to targeting the women shortly before trial last month.
They also admitted harassment under the Public Order Act for the attack, which lasted nine minutes.
Today, the 16-year-old admitted to a second charge of harassment, theft and handling stolen goods.
The court heard that when Melania confronted the group, he grabbed her handbag and ran off with it.
CCTV footage of the attack released by the Met Police previously showed the couple surrounded by the gang on the top deck of the N31 bus heading toward Camden Town.
A 17-year-old from Chelsea has contested that he was hostile toward the woman because they were lesbians.
He was sentenced to a four-month youth rehabilitation order for harassing the couple last month.
Footage showed him grabbing his throat and sticking his tongue out, making a sexual gesture.
Maria Slater, prosecuting, said: "The two girls had been out together for the evening and they were sitting together and being affectionate towards each other.
"The group of males then at some point walked down and stood to the side and sat behind the two girls.
"They are joined by another two males and effectively the group of six boys are around the two girls.
"Ms Hannigan stated that the group surrounded them and immediately started making references to their sexual orientation and saying things like 'are you lesbians' and 'do you two scissor'.
"She felt this term was used to taunt and degrade homosexual women. She said she began to feel invaded at this point.
"Another male then began to make scissor gestures with his fingers."
Both victims gave evidence behind screens at the Highbury Youth Court in November.
As bench chairman Peter Bullet today sentenced the teen, he shook his head.
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 and it would seem it was a homophobic trigger that was the context of this behaviour.
"We are persuaded that a referral order is the appropriate way to deal with these matters. We feel an eight-month referral order is appropriate."
He said that the punitive element would be 12 hours of reparation, as well as £220 in fines and costs.