Two young women who allegedly bashed and racially vilified a partially blind indigenous man on a Gold Coast bus have been charged.
Two young women have been charged with serious assault after a partially blind indigenous man was bashed and racially vilified on a Gold Coast bus.
The pair, aged 17 and 21, handed themselves into police on Friday afternoon and are also facing public nuisance charges.
The women, both from NSW, have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.
They handed themselves into police after footage of the bus incident went viral.
A video, filmed by a 13-year-old girl on the bus at Kirra on Tuesday, allegedly shows the blonde and brunette, punching, kicking and spitting at the 77-year-old man.
One woman can also be heard allegedly saying to the victim: “Oh bro, we’re in Abo land.”
Afterwards, the elderly man can be heard telling other passengers that he couldn’t see his attackers because he was partially blind.
The elderly victim, also from NSW, made a statement to police on Friday and said he wanted to press charges.
Many Australians have expressed disgust at the attack which follows a string of similar incidents on public transport in Australia that have gone viral.
In June, NSW Police charged a 55-year-old NSW woman after she was caught on camera racially vilifying an Asian schoolboy on a bus in Burwood in April.
Another video shows a pregnant woman being called a “fat slut” after she asked a Perth train passenger to move her bags so she could sit down.
In November 2012, a French woman on a Melbourne bus was told to “speak English or die” by a man who also threatened to cut her breasts off.