Father says he wants to ‘catch’ the anti-gay men dressed in tutus who beat his son
The father of a young man who was “beaten to a pulp” in an anti-gay attack by two men dressed as fairies today said: “I’m going to get these guys.”
The pair hurled anti-gay abuse at their two victims, before punching them and kicking them in the head.
One of the victims, 21-year-old Robbie Kingsford, needed hospital treatment after the attack.
His father Brian Kingsford, 51, has shared a picture of his son’s badly injured face on Facebook.
Speaking to the Standard, he said: “When I saw his injuries in the flesh I was horrified. He was beaten to a pulp. No father should have to see his son like that.”
“I’m horrified there are still people out there who are homophobic. What’s more they were the ones dressed as pink fairies. What can you say about that?
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“I thought about it and said I’m going to get these guys. I put it on Facebook pages in Kingston and asked for help. Within hours I’d been given some names and photos that we passed to police. I hope it helps to catch the scumbags.
“I’d ask anyone who can help identify them to get in contact with police.”
A spokesperson for the Met told ITV: “At this early stage it is believed that both victims were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women. They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.
“The two victims walked away but when they reached the zebra crossing near Brighton Road the two men from the group who were both wearing pink tutus approached them.
“They punched the 18-year-old victim. The 21-year-old victim was kicked and stamped upon. Passers by intervened to stop the attack.”
Kingston police added that no arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.