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Three teens guilty of attacking lesbian couple on bus after they refused to kiss

THREE teenage boys have been found guilty of targeting a lesbian couple on a bus after they refused to kiss each other.

The trio admitted threatening Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Christine Hannigan, 29, on the upper floor of a double-decker night bus in Camden.

The pair had been travelling through 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 today after previously denying charges of harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Highbury Corner Youth Court previously heard the 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.

The teens had initially appeared at Highbury Corner Youth Court in north London on August.

Arlene De Silva, prosecuting, said then: "The two females had gone out that evening and they were being affectionate to each other."

The court was told one of the women tried to "deflect" the remarks but they allegedly "continued to be disrespectful to them."

They wanted the complainants to perform for them

Prosecutor Arlene De Silva

Ms De Silvba went on to say the group of boys wanted the couple to "perform for them" and added "they tried to get the couple to kiss while calling them names."

The prosecutor added: "She states that on of them began throwing coins at them. She said 'throw another coin and see what happens.'

"There was then an altercation between them and then the defendants left the bus."

All four defendants had been charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

They all initially pleaded not guilty - but three later admitted threatening the pair, while prosecutors later dropped charges against a 17-year-old.

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