Update (5 June):
The man, age 34 of West Bay, who was arrested in relation to the assault incident which took place in the Strand complex on West Bay Road on Monday, 3 January 2022, has now been formally charged with two counts of Assault GBH.
He has been bailed to appear in court on 22 June.
Update (28 January, 2022):
Yesterday, Thursday, 27 January, a man, age 33 of West Bay, was arrested on suspicion of assault GBH in relation to the assault incident which took place at The Strand complex on West Bay Road on Monday, 3 January.
He has been granted bail with conditions as investigations continue.
Initial Release (5 January, 2022):
Shortly before 12:20AM on Monday, 3 January, officers responded to a report of a serious assault which took place in the parking lot of The Strand complex on West Bay Road. It was reported that two men had been in a vehicle at the location when they were approached by two other men who made homophobic remarks towards them. The men who made the remarks subsequently assaulted the first two men, kicking and punching them repeatedly.
Both men received what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, with one of the men having a broken nose. Emergency services attended the location and the men were transported to hospital, where they were treated for their injuries and subsequently released.
“Although the investigation is still in the early stages, initial reports suggest that the men were assaulted due to their sexual orientation,” said Detective Chief Inspector Richard Barrow, who is overseeing the investigation. “This type of violence is inexcusable and has no place in our community. We are working with urgency to locate the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and we appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.”
Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact George Town CID at 949-4222.
Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or via our website.