Two youths who choked a student for being gay walk free from court

Two youths who choked a student and forced him to apologise for being gay in vile homophobic attack on a London Tube train walk free from court

  • Will Mayrick was held in a headlock and strangled on London Underground train
  • The 20-year-old was wearing fancy dress when he was attacked in east London
  • Youths, aged 17 and 16 and from Newham, cannot be named for legal reasons
  • The youths were given referral orders and ordered to pay £150 compensation

A pair of teenage thugs who choked a student and forced him to apologise ‘for being gay’ have walked free from court.

Will Mayrick, 20, was held in a headlock on a busy London Underground train by two attackers who threatened to stab him if he did not say sorry for being homosexual. 

Mr Mayrick was wearing fancy dress costume and on his way to an event with friends when he was attacked on the Jubilee train at West Ham, east London, in October.

The youths, who are aged 17 and 16 and from Newham, cannot be named for legal reasons.

Will Mayrick (pictured) was held in a headlock on a busy London Underground train by two attackers who threatened to stab him if he did not say sorry for being homosexual

The youths, who are aged 17 and 16 and from Newham, cannot be named for legal reasons

At Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Friday, they were given 12-month referral orders and ordered to pay £150 compensation and a £20 victim surcharge.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to a public order offence while the 16-year-old admitted to assault by beating.  

During the incident, one of the thugs pulled Mr Mayrick from his seat and started strangling him after putting him in a headlock.

The second took his phone and verbally abused him before making threats to stab him.

Meanwhile, one of Mr Mayrick’s friends was punched and pushed to the ground and left bruised.

Eventually the pair let him go and gave him his phone back but a fight broke out between the offenders and his friends.

Speaking after the court hearing, Mr Mayrick told the Evening Standard: ‘They were so young, and I can’t help but think that if they had had some sort LGBT education then the attack might never have happened.’

Mr Mayrick is a photography student and president of the LGBT society at Ravensbourne college in Greenwich. 

Mr Mayrick was wearing fancy dress costume and on his way to an event with friends when he was attacked on the Jubilee train at West Ham, east London (pictured) in October

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