Three transgender women were spared jail time in the United Kingdom after they kicked and stomped a transphobic teenager who had verbally assaulted them with racist hate speech. According to the Metro, Tamzin Lush, 29, Tylah-Jo Bryan, 24, and Amarnih Lewis-Daniel, 24, all pled guilty to violent disorder for their actions on the evening of June 24, 2018. A fourth woman, Hannah Bryan, was also sentenced for joining in the melee after initially attempting to break up the tussle. The judge sympathized with the accused, but cautioned the women had gone too far.
“The four of you then were subjected to extremely offensive transphobic and racial abuse,” presiding judge Nigel Seed said. “Had it not been for that there would have been no violent disorder. However, that does not excuse what you did, you went far too far in your reactions, but of course transphobic issues are particularly sensitive.”
The three trans women were verbally assaulted around 2:00 a.m. on June 18 after enjoying a few drinks together near the Leicester Square tube station in London. The victim, identified only as Al Shaheeb, allegedly told the trio they needed female genitalia in order to be women, and called one of them a “black c**t.” At that point Lush drop-kicked the transphobic teen to the ground and then the three women pummeled and kicked him repeatedly. Bryan, described as a 24-year-old mother of four, initially tried to break up the fight, but soon joined the group kicking Al Shaheeb.
Judge Seed derisively called Al Shaheeb a “so-called victim,” saying he refused to cooperate with investigators because he “realized how wrong he was.” Seed went on to empathize with the accused while still enforcing the rule of law.
“I do not in any way your condone behavior but I accept that what happened to you at the beginning of the incident was entirely wrong and people like you should not be subject to that abuse in the public domain or anywhere,” he said.
Lush, Tylah-Jo Bryan, and Lewis-Daniel all received six months night curfew. Lewis-Daniel also received 20 days mandatory rehabilitation and anger management therapy, while Tylah Jo Bryan was given a year of community service. Hannah Bryan received a conditional two-year discharge of her sentence.