A gay man who was assaulted by two girls close to Trafalgar Square has died in hospital. BBC reports that 62 year old Ian Baynham was punched and kicked to the ground on September 25, his death caused by head injuries. His life support was switched off on Tuesday.
A 30 year old man who was with him also suffered minor injuries.
Police said that Bayman and his friend were verbally abused by a woman when they got off a bus late one night in Central London. When Bayman went to reason with her he was attacked by her and her two friends, a man and another woman.
UK paper The Sun reports that the two blonde teenage girls screamed homophobic insults while kicking him as he lay helpless. CCTV footage shows them laughing after the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Alexis Boon told The Sun, “This was a vicious homophobic attack on two men who had done nothing more than come into central London to enjoy a night out and were verbally abused and assaulted within minutes of getting off the bus.”
Police have launched a murder inquiry and are appealing for information, screening CCTV footage of the incident in an effort to track down the two women.
“This was an isolated incident but the three suspects may have been abusive to members of the public earlier on in the evening,” said Boon.