Young man’s jaw broken in homophobic attack in Madrid

Young man’s jaw broken in homophobic attack in Madrid

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A RUSSIAN man, 31, was arrested in Madrid for an alleged homophobic attack against a 22-year-old man.

The National Police report that the attack took place in Calle San Manuel, near the Casa de Campo underground station, in an area known for being a popular location in for chance sexual encounters between gay men, known as ‘cruising’.

According to a report in National Spanish daily, El Mundo, witnesses report that the attacker began hitting the victim, while he shouted “this p**f won’t be talking any more”.

The victim sustained a broken jaw, bruised ribs and injuries to his face and neck. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to the Hospital San Carlos.

The National Police combed the area and arrested the alleged attacker, who still had blood on his knuckles and has a criminal record for abusive behaviour. He was charged with causing bodily harm and could also be accused of a hate crime.

When he was arrested, he was with another well-built young man, also thought to be Russian, who may have allowed the attack and laughed at the victim, although he is not thought to have caused him bodily harm.

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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.