Man arrested after brutal homophobic attack on Brighton seafront
A man has been arrested after a violent attack on that left his victim with a broken jaw.
The victim – former model Aaron Carey – was attacked outside Legends, the seafront bar and hotel, according to Brighton and Hove News.
His attacker shouted homophobic abuse at him, before punching him in the face and breaking his jaw.
Mr Carey was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton after being attacked in the early hours of Sunday.
Sussex Police said that a 21-year-old man from London was held on suspicion of assault and causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.
“Police have arrested a man following a serious assault on another man in Madeira Drive, Brighton, which happened shortly before 5am on Sunday,” the statement read.
“The victim, a 26-year-old from Eastbourne, was approached by a man who used homophobic language before being punched in the face and suffering a broken jaw.
“A 21-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of assault and GBH with intent. He has been bailed until (Monday) 13 June,” it added.
“It follows an assault on May 2 in which two men were attacked in King’s Road, Brighton, suffering head and facial injuries.
“Two 18-year-old men from Crawley were arrested on suspicion of GBH, ABH (actual bodily harm) and assault on police and have been bailed until July 5.
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“Police are not linking the two incidents.”
The second incident saw a gay couple violently assaulted whilst on their way home after a night out.
Dain Luka sustained fractured bones in his face and nearly lost the vision in his left eye after he and his boyfriend were beaten by a gang of homophobic assailants.
Following the attack, Luka took to Facebook to let his loved ones know that he had been released from hospital, before sharing details of the shocking incident.
He went on to thank passers by who stopped the attack and calling the police.