Man’s jaw broken in Edinburgh anti-gay attack

PinkNews logo with white background and rainbow corners

Police in Edinburgh are seeking a gang who broke a man’s jaw during a homophobic attack early on Saturday morning.

The victim, 20, had just left the GHQ nightclub when he passed a group of four men and one woman on Broughton Street at 2.30am.

Police say the gang began making offensive remarks to him before one of the men stepped forward and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The victim made his way home and went to hospital the next day for treatment.

The suspects are all aged between 18 and 19 years old.

The first suspect is described as male, white, 18-19-years-old, 5ft 7ins tall with a small build and light-coloured hair with the fringe swept to one side. He was wearing light-coloured trousers.

The second suspect is described as male, white, 18-19-years-old, 5ft 11ins tall with black spiky hair. He was wearing a black zip-up top and white trousers and spoke with a local accent.

The female suspect is described as white, 18-19-years-old with bleached blonde shoulder-length hair and spoke with a local accent.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “This was a totally unprovoked and homophobic assault that has left the victim with a serious injury to his jaw.

“We believe a number of patrons from the various venues in and around Broughton Street may have been in the area and witnessed this incident, and would urge anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries to contact police immediately.

“We would similarly urge the members of the group who did not become involved in the assault to come forward to officers and identify the culprit.

“Anyone found to be involved in hate crime will be robustly dealt with.”