Man convicted for homophobic and transphobic attack

18/12/2015

Michael Maughan, 22, was convicted today at City Magistrates’ Court for two counts of assault and a public order offence. These charges relate to an incident in the early hours of 10th July 2014 in Old Compton Street, Westminster. Maughan pleaded guilty to all three charges today, on the day of trial.

All three charges were prosecuted as homophobic and transphobic hate crimes. He will be sentenced on 12th January.

Maughan attacked a group who had been working and socialising in the Soho area. He began to shout homophobic and transphobic abuse at the group before attacking one of the victims by pulling them to the ground by their hair. In an attempt to help their friend, another member of the group tried to intervene and Maughan then attacked them, dragging them across the ground.

Toks Adesuyan, Legal and Stakeholder Manager for CPS London, said: "Hate crimes like this are toxic. To attack someone because of who they are or what they look like is simply unacceptable and has no place in our society.

"The victims of this attack were drag artists and entertainers and Maughan targeted them based on their appearance. They have been left frightened and distressed by the unprovoked attack.

"Tackling hate crime is a priority for the CPS and I hope today's conviction sends out a strong message to the LGBT communities that we are committed to securing justice for victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic crimes."