Accused bus bashers to return to court in June

TWO women caught on camera viciously attacking an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus will return to court on June 18.

Paul Buttigieg, 77, was on his way home from the Tweed Heads Bowls Club on a Surfside bus when he was assaulted in February.

Footage of the incident – filmed on a frightened passenger’s mobile phone – went viral and caused community uproar.


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With pressure mounting from the public, Larna Watmough, 21, and Layni Cameron, 17, handed themselves into police.

They were arrested and each charged with serious assault and public nuisance.

Watmough was released on bail but Cameron was kept behind bars after breaching bail for separate armed robbery charges.

The case was briefly mentioned in the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning but was adjourned while lawyers waited for an outstanding witness statement.