However, because he was gay, the police and politicians are in PR-overdrive:
Yesterday Detective Chief Inspector Alexis Boon, of the Metropolitan Police, said: 'This was a vicious homophobic attack on two men who had done nothing more than come into central London to enjoy a night out and were verbally abused and assaulted within minutes of getting off the bus.'Now, the fact that he was gay may have drawn their attention. And it may not...
Councillor Daniel Astaire, from Westminster City Council, said he was 'extremely concerned' by the attack.
'While such incidents are extremely rare in Westminster, we do not tolerate any violence or homophobia of any kind,' he added.
For as the police are forced to admit:
Police are hunting two teenage girls seen in the area at the time and a black male who was sitting with them.Other gay couples? Or just other people?
They believe that the three, all aged between 16 and 20, had been verbally abusing other members of the public earlier in the evening.
It shouldn't matter why he was targetted for a beating.
He wasn't 'gay'. He was a human being. There should be no need for extra outrage.