This Mossos d’Equadra arrested the alleged perpetrator of an incident homophobic aggression against two men It took place in the center of Barcelona last February. The victims suffered broken finger and a few blows needed seams and the attack was carried out solely with the motivation of sexual orientation. 43 year old man previously reported by threats and restrictionsand went to prison.
Upon the seriousness of the injuries of the two attackers, the police launched an investigation. homophobic insults and hit them with “extreme force”The body stated in a statement this Saturday.
In addition to the fractures and blows received with the “punch”, the victims also suffered various bruises, which were necessary. subsequent medical treatment and psychological sequelae. In this sense, they needed help and emotional support from organizations affiliated with the LGTBI community.
Background and exhibits
In addition to having a similar background, the detainee is on social networks. skills as a boxing practitioner. “This explains how a single person can attack two men at the same time without being able to defend themselves,” the police force said.
The investigation was conducted by the General Information Police Station Hate Crimes and Discrimination Central Unit (UCDOD) in coordination with the Barcelona Special Prosecutor on Hate Crimes and Discrimination. Arrested person charged two bodily injury offenses and one crime against the enjoyment of fundamental rights and public freedoms.
Increase in hate crimes
In the first quarter of this year, Mossos instructed 39 cases for hate crimes in the field LGTBIphobiaNine more cases compared to the same period in 2021. This means a 30% increase in cases. In this context, a total of 51 perpetrators, 75% of whom were men, were arrested and investigated in relation to these events.
In addition, Police Victim Assistance Groups enabled the monitoring of 71 victims of hate crimes in the field of homophobia.