A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.
Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started ‘firing homophobic slurs’ at the couple.
‘We had literally left our apartment only minutes before when these two grown men started shouting abuse at us about being lesbians,’ Prendergast told The Irish Independent.
‘We shouted back, as we are used to this kind of abuse, but then they walked back towards us and started shoving us roughly.’
The men pushed the students to the ground and stepped on their chests, kneed and kicked them.
Murphy was knocked unconscious by a blow to her head and Prendergast was left in shock.
The women described their attackers as in their 20s and well-dressed, ‘as if coming back from a night out.’
Police have launched an investigating but said CCTV footage was of too poor quality to identify the men.
The day after the attack, Prendergast wrote on Facebook:
‘I know our bruises will heal, I know we will be okay but this is not something I am going to let go.
‘Watching someone you love getting hurt while you yourself are getting hurt is not something anyone should ever have to endure straight or gay. This to me was a hate crime.
‘I am finished crying, today starts the first of many actions which will be taken to get justice.’