Elderly man’s attackers face court, receive death threats

TWO women charged with the savage attack of an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus have faced court.

After mounting public pressure, Larna Watmough, 21, and 17-year-old Layni Cameron handed themselves into police on Friday after their battered and bruised victim built up the strength to come forward and file an official complaint.

Paul Buttigieg, 77, was kicked, punched, spat on and sprayed with racial abuse by the pair while he caught the bus to Coolangatta around 3.45pm last Tuesday.


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The accused duo faced Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday morning, each charged with serious assault and public nuisance.

Watmough was released on bail on the condition she report to police three times a week and stay well away from her victim.

Cameron, who was already on bail at the time of the attack for the armed robbery of a Surfers Paradise convenience store in early February, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

It’s understood the women have received death threats after sickening footage of the incident filmed by a 13-year-old school girl went viral and outraged thousands of people across the country on Thursday night.

Buttigieg told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the girls lashed out because he simply asked them to stop swearing.