Women charged for racial attack on blind Aboriginal man on bus

Nine News 28 February 2014

A 15 year old girl's mobile phone video footage has caught two NSW women on a Gold Coast bus yelling racial abuse to a vision impaired Aboriginal man before bashing him.

Mobile phone video has caught two Gold Coast women yelling gross racial abuse at a partially blind Aboriginal man before bashing him on a bus in Queensland.

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."

February 28, 2014: The disturbing footage of a blind, elderly man punched who was kicked and spat on in a shocking, racially-motivated attack on a Gold Coast bus has resulted in one of his alleged attacked being arrested and put behind bars.

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.