Teenager ‘beaten up and called f***ing lesbian in row over £10’
An 18-year-old was reportedly attacked by two friends who hurled anti-LGBT+ slurs at her in a row over £10.
Ellie-Mae Mulholland said that she was beaten up by two friends who called her a “f***ing lesbian” as they hit her.
According to her sister Stevie-Leigh Ansell, Mulholland was on her way home to Walsall Garth, Hull on Monday afternoon (July 8) when she saw a friend who owed her money.
“She had seen a couple of her friends, who are usually her friends, and one of them owed her a tenner and Ellie asked about it,” Ansell told HullLive.
After telling Mulholland that she “never had” the money, the girl and another friend allegedly “beat her black and blue.”
“Because she is gay they called her a ‘f***ing lesbian,’ (and said) ‘you and your girlfriend are going to get it ten times worse next time.'”
Hull teen left bloodied in alleged anti-lesbian attack
Ansell shared photographs on Facebook showing Mulholland with blood running from her nose, down her face and onto her hoody.
Her sister says that she was left with a “busted nose, two black eyes and two big lumps on her head.”
“Just by looking at her face they have had a really good go at her,” she said.
As soon as they have an argument it is straight to her being a lesbian.
“I feel I cannot let this happen to my sister because she is gay. I just feel really helpless.
“It is not okay, regardless if she is gay or not, to do this to an 18-year-old. It is absolutely disgusting.”
Ansell said that the girls have previously refused cigarettes from Mulholland “because they say they will get lesbian germs.”
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“As soon as they have an argument it is straight to her being a lesbian.”
Police investigating whether incident was homophobic
Humberside Police confirmed that they are investigating whether the incident was a hate crime.
Detective Chief Inspector Ali Sweeting said: “The initial report we received was in relation to a common assault and we have since seen media reports that this was believed to have had a homophobic motive.
“We are in the early stages of our investigations and will be speaking to the victim and to other parties involved to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“If it is established that there was a homophobic motive we will be treating this appropriately. We deal with all hate incidents and crimes thoroughly and do not expect the people of our communities to have to suffer from the intolerance of others.”