Homophobic attack leaves gay clubber in danger of losing sight
A 23-year-old gay clubber was the victim of a premeditated homophobic attack outside popular London nightclub over the weekend.
The man was one of three victims doused with a concentrated ammonia solution at around 4am Sunday. Doctors have suggested the young man is in danger of losing his eyesight.
London police have released TV images of two women and a man believed to be wanted for questioning in regards to the attack, which took place outside the Lightbox club in Vauxhall.
The 23-year-old from south-west London and a male friend, aged 21, had struck up conversation with the trio outside the club after being refused admission because it was past closing time.
The victim said when the women discovered the pair were gay they began shouting homophobic abuse. As the men walked off to avoid further confrontation, the man accompanying the women (who are believed to be Eastern European), gave chase and then sprayed the victims with the ammonia solution.
The victim told the Evening Standard: “As we walked away I heard a man shout ‘Oi! Come here.’ At first I thought it was the doorman saying he’d changed his mind and we could go in.
“Then I saw this white guy with a beard, and his hand coming up with a water bottle that he squirted really hard into my face. It went right in my eyes and it sprayed into my friend’s mouth.
“My face was burning so much, I thought it was acid. I thought I would never see again and my face was melting.
“He poured every last drop onto us and then turned around and walked away, like it was mission accomplished.
“The chemical burnt the cornea in my left eye and the vision hasn’t cleared since. The doctors said it should hopefully return but there is no guarantee.
“My friend’s tongue was swollen and it looked like someone had scratched part of it away. It was horrible. ”
Shortly after a third man was attacked.
Police are investigating the attacks as hate crimes.