Two transgender women who viciously beat up and stamped on a teenager after he mocked them in central London have admitted they ‘overreacted,’ but have slammed Britain as ‘transphobic’.
Tamzin Lush and Tylah Bryan walked free from court last month after admitting violent disorder, alongside a third trans woman, Amarnih Lewis-Daniel, who has not since spoken out. Bryan’s sister Hannah, 26, a mother-of-four who is not transgender, was given a conditional discharge.
They were filmed beating up and stamping on a 19-year-old who mocked them and told them: ‘You’re not a woman. You need a f**** to be a woman’.
Now Lush, 29, and Bryan, 24, have spoken about the incident, admitting ‘we took it too far,’ as they said their actions were ‘entirely wrong’ after they reacted violently, spurred on by alcohol.
Tamzin Lush, 29, and Tylah Bryan, 24, were filmed kicking 19-year-old Al Shaheeb after they suffered transphobic abuse at Leicester Square station in 2018
The trans women said they faced abuse every day, but spoke about the attack, which was filmed outside Leicester Square tube station in 2018.
Bryan, from Barking, east London, said: ‘You get people that make passing comments and by the time they’ve said anything, they’re gone – they keep walking.
‘We were telling him to jog on and leave us alone. This guy was adamant to let us know his beliefs and it wasn’t just a passing comment.
‘We got frustrated and it led to us going too far. It was an instant regret. I held my hands up straight away. We took it too far.
‘We had too much to drink, if we hadn’t drunk so much we would have been able to defuse the situation.’
Two years on from the attack, Lush, from Romford, said: ‘I didn’t think I was capable of something so vile’
Inner London Crown Court heard Lush had ‘drop-kicked’ the teenager inside Leicester Square tube station with the subsequent assault filmed by ‘laughing’ members of the public.
The three transgender women can be seen in the footage stamping on Al Shaheeb as he lay on the floor.
Lush, from Romford, east London, added: ‘This could have been avoided if I just kept myself to myself.
‘I didn’t think I was capable of something so vile.
‘My body just went into overdrive and I just couldn’t stop. If I could take it back, I would. It was too far.’
But the guilty parties claim transphobic abuse is rife in Britain and said hearing about violence against transgender women made them ‘automatically more defensive’.
Bryan said: ‘I used to feel upset or like everyone was attacking me, and whether transitioning was right for me.
‘There’s been times before where people have been quite physical towards me.
‘Hate crimes towards trans people have quadrupled in the last five years, which is just unreal.
‘It makes you feel a little bit nervous and worried you could be on the receiving end of things. You have to be very alert.’
Lush and Bryan, who admitted violent disorder, were handed 12-month community orders plus a six-month curfew, while Lewis-Daniel was given 20 days of rehabilitation activity on top of the same sentence.
Tylah Bryan’s sister Hannah, 26, a mother-of-four who is not transgender, also admitted one count of causing fear or provocation of violence and was given a conditional discharge.
Tamzin and Tylah, pictured with Tylah’s sister Hannah, a mother-of-four who is not transgender, say they feel nervous due to rising figures relating to transphobic hate crime figures
Lush ‘drop-kicked’ the victim, named only as Al Shaheeb, and mother-of-four Hannah Bryan (right), 24, joined in as they booted the teenager. Left: Amarnih Lewis-Daniel
Sentencing them, Judge Nigel Seed QC, said: ‘Had it not been for the victim in this case, there probably would have been no incident.
‘I accept that what happened to you in the beginning of this incident is entirely wrong, and people like you should not be subjected to that sort of abuse in public or anywhere.
‘You are being punished for your overreaction to someone who has escaped punishment altogether.’
And the women are now advising people to walk away if others find themselves in a similar situation.
Bryan said: ‘If someone is bothering you and they are not leaving you alone, you have to report it, pick up your phone and dial for help.
‘Don’t try and argue, you don’t know what that other person is going to do.
‘Just try and walk away from the situation. If you entertain it, it’s only going to get worse.’