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Man charged over brutal homophobic attack of Sydney gay couple

One of the men was rushed to hospital after he suffered a broken arm

2018-05-07

A man has been charged with the alleged assault of a gay couple in Sydney. 

Kurt Johnson and husband Adrian Kalaiziovski were attacked in the Australian city after they got out of an Uber with a group of friends last Sunday (April 29). 

A man then began to shout verbal abuse at the couple, calling them "f*ggots", before physically attacking them and breaking Kalaiziovski's arm.

Police have since found the 28-year-old man responsible for the alleged attack and charged him with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Gay Star News reports. 

The unnamed man was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court later this month. 

Following the attack, Johnson shared a Facebook post revealing what had happened. He wrote: "Last night at 10:30pm this man verbally assaulted myself and my friends as we exited an Uber in Redfern.

"He called us f*ggots for a good 5 minutes and continued to taunt us and antagonise us. As soon as the onlookers and surrounding spectators of the altercation had dispersed and we had walked away from him, this 'hero' came around the corner looking to start a fight by asking 'one of you f*ggots got a lighter'?"

He continued: "Things got heated and he ended up attacking my husband and broke his forearm. Adrian is currently in hospital awaiting surgery as the break news pins to support it. I can't believe that he was the victim of a hate crime in 2018, I'm still at a loss for words."