Two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old have denied harassing two women in a homophobically aggravated attack on a London night bus on 30 May.
Appearing at Highbury Corner youth court, the teenagers entered not guilty pleas to a charge of causing harassment by using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
The court heard that the boys moved from the back of the bus to surround Melania Geymonat and her partner, Chris Hannigan, and began making sexual gestures. The boys are said to have demanded the women kiss and perform sexual acts, after which, when the women refused, it’s alleged that the teenagers threw coins at the couple.
The 16-year-old, from Wandsworth, admitted stealing a handbag but denied handling a stolen mobile phone.
The 15-year-old, from Kensington and Chelsea, denied handling a stolen bank card.
One of the 17-year-olds, also from Kensington and Chelsea, denies possession of cannabis.
The teenagers will stand trial on 28 November.
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