Youths who choked student until he apologised for being gay walk free from court

Two youths who choked a student and forced him to apologise for being gay in a vile homophobic attack on the Tube have walked free from court.

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Will Mayrick, 20, feared for his life and was left struggling to breathe after two attackers placed him in a headlock as he travelled on a train to a fancy dress event at the O2 with four of his friends.

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He has called for the Government to make LGBT studies compulsory after his attackers, aged 16 and 17, pleaded guilty to the assault which occurred on a Jubilee line train on October 21 last year.

Mr Mayrick’s attackers, from Newham, were handed 12-month referral orders and were each ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £150 compensation.

The 17-year-old admitted a public order offence and the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to assault by beating before both were sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court last Friday. : These two boys got of very cheap. This does not send a strong enough signal, that homophobic behaviour are not acceptable.

Photo By אנדר-ויק (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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