Homophobic attack on city commuter train

Published Sunday, 23 December 2012
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A 51-year-old man has suffered a broken nose in a homophobic attack which took place on a Dublin to Belfast train.

Homophobic attack on city commuter train
The incident happened on a train travelling to Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

The train was travelling between Newry and Portadown when four men shouted abuse at the victim at around 10.30pm on Saturday.

They attacked the man, smashed his laptop and stole an mp3 player and two sets of earphones.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for a broken nose and minor head injuries.

The suspects left the train at Portadown.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime and are appealing for anyone who was travelling on the Enterprise train or anyone with information to contact them.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Hate crime is unacceptable, no one deserves to experience it and no one deserves to get away with it. To stop it, report it, do not suffer in silence."

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8 Comments
Melissa McCallion in Newry wrote (508 days ago):
The PSNI in Newry do not do enough about the level of Gay Hate Crime that happens on a regular basis. The level of gay hate crime reporting will also continue to decrease because of their lack of response.
Catholic in Armagh wrote (580 days ago):
This is a terrible incident and i hope those responsible are caught and convicted. I wish the victim a speedy recovery and hope they can salavge a bit of happiness over the festive holidays I wonder how many of the elected officials will condem this attack and i also wonder what the church leaders would say about it. Probably nothing as usual......
Co.Kildare in Co.Kildare wrote (582 days ago):
Appalling incident , I'd expect these knuckle- draggers to be caught.
Peter in Belfast wrote (582 days ago):
Welcome to Northern Ireland , open minded, forward thinking, rational and intelligent. Oh wait a minute ....
Mike in Belfast wrote (582 days ago):
So where were the Enterprise train staff when this was happening. Makes you wonder if this is a safe service to use at all.
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