Four teenage boys were sentenced to between 80 and 160 hours of community service for assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem last year. On Monday the court in Arnhem ruled that it can not be proven that the teenagers attacked the couple with a homophobic motive, NU.nl reports.
The police acknowledged that they were too quick to conclude that an attack on two gay men in Arnhem earlier this year was due to homophobia. "Our reporting should have been different", the Gelderland police said in a press release on Tuesday, NOS reports.
Five boys between the ages of 14 and 16 years will be prosecuted for assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem earlier this year, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday. The exact charges against them will be revealed soon. The teenagers have to appear in juvenile court on December 19th, ANP reports.
As the suspects are underage, their trial will largely be held behind closed doors. All five boys are from Arnhem.
Gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were attacked by a group of men while walking home hand in hand from a party in Arnhem during the early hours of Sunday morning. Ronnie lost four teeth and part of a fifth in the attack. Jasper got away with bruised ribs and bruises on his back and knee, RTL Nieuws reports.