Woman attacked by vicious teenage mob at bus station



A woman with learning difficulties was viciously targeted by a “baying” mob of young thugs at Dunfermline bus station.

The woman, in her forties, was repeatedly surrounded by a group of over 20 teenage males and females.

Her ordeal went on for around 25 minutes during which time the woman was kicked, knocked to the ground, repeatedly spat on and had her hair burned with a lighter.

The sickening incident was captured throughout on CCTV and has been shown in full at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

The bus station was still open at the time, around 11pm, with buses arriving and leaving. Others passengers waiting for their buses looked on but nobody went to the woman’s assistance before the police eventually arrived.

After watching the disturbing scenes, a sheriff said it was “remarkable” the police did not arrive earlier, with the incident being followed throughout by CCTV operators.

In the dock were a 17-year-old female from Rosyth, a 17-year-old male from Dunfermline and a 16-year-old male from Rosyth. None of the thugs can be named for legal reasons.

All three admitted that on 9th September last year at Dunfermline bus station, whilst acting with others, they assaulted the woman by repeatedly spitting on her head and body, repeatedly kicking her on the body, causing her to fall to the ground.

The 16-year-old admitted a second charge of repeatedly putting a lighter at the woman’s head and on one occasion putting a flame at her head.

Before showing the video, depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said, “It’s a particularly nasty and distasteful offence on a woman in her 40s and who has learning difficulties.

“She was extremely upset when police arrived. The woman is vulnerable and has mental health issues. When police arrived her hair was covered by spit.

“The three accused were part of a larger group. They were baying around her and seemed to be focussing their actions on the woman because of her vulnerability.

“The locus is a trouble hot-spot and police were having to attend there regularly.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair said, “What is remarkable is that no-one intervened earlier.”

He added, “We were watching that for a significant length of time before the police arrived. It’s not far from them.”

Sheriff MacNair called for reports and sentencing will take place on 28th June.

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13 Responses

  1. joan whyte says:

    oh i do hope they get locked up for that assault

  2. Bryan John Morgan says:

    So somebody needs to ask the Police why they took so long.

  3. B says:

    What is the world coming to

  4. Tracy says:

    Disgusting and more so that they won’t name and shame the little idiots. What else is disgusting is that no one helped this poor woman. Really shocking and hope the people that watched this and did nothing feel very ashamed.

  5. Ronnie England says:

    They should be birched in public

  6. susanferris says:

    Have to agree wi Sherriff mc hair.dini understand how people. Watch this happen n done nothing iwheres their human instinctif a had been their ad a fkn smashed them .thats what bullys need a gid doing .ad have done it gladly.

  7. Guardian says:

    Why with the police station only minutes away from the incident did it take them so long?
    It’s going to come to the point, that members of the public, like me, will intervene and if provoked possibly end up assaulting these individuals to aid a vulnerable person.
    Where would I stand then?
    Is it reasonable, if assaulted by these scum of society, to retaliate in kind to protect a vulnerable person?

    • Joe says:

      Great comment a kid threw a stone and cracked my windscreen I caught up with him and held him while I phoned the police and was told I had better let him go as I would be charged arghhhhh crazy world

  8. Arlene kyle says:

    I hope in latter life this never happens to one of the children you never know what’s round the corner poor lady hope they all get there just deserved nasty wee basterds

  9. John Macdonald says:

    Police would have been trying to catch motorists doing 1mph over the speed limit. This brings in income, unfortunately coming to the aid of a vulnerable individual doesn’t. Not the fault of Police Scotland in any way but the Scottish Government.

  10. Steven says:

    Think police Scotland should get there finger out there backsides and do there job

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