Man arrested after ‘gay-bashing’ attack on Brighton seafront

Posted On 11 May 2016 at 12:10 am

A man has been arrested after a “gay-bashing” attack on Brighton seafront that left his victim with a broken jaw.

Sussex Police said that a 21-year-old man from London was held on suspicion of assault and causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

The victim, Aaron Woods, 26, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after being attacked just before 5am on Sunday (8 May).

The former model was outside Legends, the seafront bar and hotel, when his attacker shouted homophobic abuse at him and punched him in the face.

Aaron Woods holds his broken jaw

Aaron Woods holds his broken jaw

Sussex Police said: “Police have arrested a man following a serious assault on another man in Madeira Drive, Brighton, which happened shortly before 5am on Sunday (8 May).

“The victim, a 26-year-old from Eastbourne, was approached by a man who used homophobic language before being punched in the face and suffering a broken jaw.

“A 21-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of assault and GBH with intent. He has been bailed until (Monday) 13 June.

“It follows an assault on Monday 2 May in which two men were attacked in King’s Road, Brighton, suffering head and facial injuries.

“Two 18-year-old men from Crawley were arrested on suspicion of GBH, ABH (actual bodily harm) and assault on police and have been bailed until (Tuesday) 5 July.

“Police are not linking the two incidents.”

Sergeant Peter Allan, the force’s hate crime officer said: “I am saddened to hear of the homophobic assaults in Brighton over the last two weekends.

“I am pleased, however, that the victims are recovering from their physical injuries and that prompt arrests were made in both cases.

Aaron Woods

Aaron Woods

“While we have not seen an increase in homophobic hate crimes, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage those who have been victims of hate crime to report them to us by phoning 101 or, in an emergency, 999.

“Reports can also be made online by completing the short form on the force website”

Brighton LGBT liaison officer Rory Smith said: “Incidents of this nature are very concerning for the local LGBT community and to visitors to the city.

“While alarming, these recent incidents are thankfully not related and violent crime of this nature is relatively uncommon.

“We encourage everyone to remain vigilant to anti-gay sentiments by reporting incidents to police and our partners.

“If you don’t feel comfortable reporting hate incidents to police directly, organisations like the LGBT Community Safety Forum (01273 855620) and LGBT Switchboard (01273 204050) can make a report on your behalf.

“The LGBT police team in Brighton are on hand to support people to report hate crime and provide reassurance.”

A friend of the victim, Brian Markintosh, said that Mr Woods was 6ft 6in tall but said: “He’s such a gentle giant. He’s the kindest person you could imagine.

“This geezer broke his jaw with a knuckleduster. He was filming the young gay guys.

“And when he was attacking him he was shouting all this Muslim stuff but no one wants to hear that.”

Sussex Police said that it was not aware of any racial or religious element to the assault.

Mr Markintosh also said that the man who carried out the attack seemed to be drunk. He added: “Aaron was in so much pain. He was really screaming.”

  1. Alec Newton Reply

    we either need more cameras or police officers or perhaps both ! we do not want this sort of person in brighton or even walking the streets attacking anyone they just don’t like , its destroying the quality of the freedom we expect to enjoy .

    • Ben Reply

      Sadly these morons are not recognised until they do a heinous action. In both these recent situations I praise the swift action of the Police and believe it couldn’t of happened much better as circumstances present. We’ll always have to be aware these crazy people are out there 🙁

    • Darren Stuart Reply

      Totally agree, Alec. Put police back out on the beat. Not in the office, filling out pointless paperwork

  2. Stuart Reply

    The offence isn’t GBH with intent, it’s Wounding with intent to commit GBH. Contrary to S.18 of The Offences against the person Act.

    • David Radlett Reply

      A wounding is not a prerequisite for liability under s18 and here charging GBH with intent is probably better as it takes account of all the harm done to the victim, not ‘just’ the split lip.

  3. Gary Reply

    Why on earth do these thugs get bail,he’ll probably get a nice suspended sentence,community service or a slap on the wrist
    If I was a judge Id jail him for at least 5-10 years,make an example

    • Tim Hoy Reply

      Not just bail, but anonymity. The victim is named, but not the assailant.

      • Mona Reply

        Because the attackers were muslims that’s why they are not named – Political correction above all….

    • Ramona Reply

      So would i mate, but there sadly isn’t enough room for all the scumbags!!

  4. The Equaliser Reply

    What’s ‘shouting Muslim stuff?’ Muslim isn’t a language.

    • Liam Reply

      are you that dumb or stubborn or both that you cannot discern what ‘shouting muslim stuff’ means? do people go around shouting ‘english stuff’? lol…it means they were shouting praise to allah while they carry out a hate crime in gods name…muslim is not a language, you idiot genius, thanks for that. it is a hateful ideology that preaches love for in-group members, and hate and destruction for out-group members. you are brilliant, we know, but just so you know, out-group means all non-muslims, or infidels, as it were.

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  6. Simon Reply

    I won’t involve myself in others discussions. I just wish the poor young lad the best on his road to recovery x

  7. Patrick J Colliano Reply

    And what they’re refusing to tell you in this is that the attacker was Muslim.

  8. Peter Buckley Reply

    “And when he was attacking him he was shouting all this Muslim stuff but no one wants to hear that.”
    Indeed — least of all the gay community. Woe to you — from the gay community — if you dare to point out Sharia persecution of gays.

    • Fairlinda (@Fairlinda3) Reply

      True. And the gay community are disappointingly very vocal in their attacks against Israel, the ONLY Middle East country with gay rights and why Palestinian gays flee Gaza for Israel. But again, nobody wants to hear that.

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