A Glebe gay couple’s Saturday night at the Glasgow Arms pub in Ultimo turned into a nightmare after they were allegedly set upon by four patrons in the hotel’s restrooms.
Paul and Kevin arrived at the pub late Saturday afternoon for a quiet beer and a chat, but their peace was shattered when a man from a large group celebrating a birthday picked up a microphone and began yelling homophobic slurs, allegedly threatening them with violence.
When another patron intervened, the man left them alone. A couple of hours later Paul went to the bathroom where he was allegedly attacked from behind in a toilet cubicle.
Paul left the cubicle to try to stop the blood pouring from a head wound, when he said his alleged assailant was joined by another three men who allegedly continued to attack him, smashing a glass or a glass bottle on his head.
By this time his partner Kevin was getting worried. When he went to the bathroom to see what was happening, he too was allegedly set upon.
Kevin managed to get Paul into a toilet cubicle, which he locked to keep the men out, and then called for police and an ambulance.
Police and paramedics arrived about 15 minutes later and the couple unlocked the door.
The men had fled the scene but a number of women from their party remained in the pub.
Paul said none of these people apologised to them or offered them any help.
A police spokesperson confirmed that a 43-year-old Lewisham man has been charged with two counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, and that investigations are continuing into identifying the three other men who allegedly took part in the assault.
Both men were badly bruised following their ordeal, with Paul needing 10 stitches to close a cut to his face and suffering a large cut to his scalp. Kevin received a black eye and badly grazed his hand.
Paul and Kevin are grateful for the attention they received from police and ambulance officers.
“Both the police and paramedics were fantastic with us at the time and the police have continued to show us their support,” Paul said.
“They were extremely sensitive to our situation and gave us all the help they could.”