A gay Sydney man is at “a loss for words” after his husband was left with a broken arm after an alleged hate crime in south Sydney.
Kurt Johnson and his husband Adrian Kalaiziovski said they were leaving an Uber in the inner-city suburb of Redfern on Sunday night when a man hurled verbal abuse at the couple and assaulted Kalaiziovski.
The attack was so severe it left him with a broken arm requiring surgery, Johnson claimed on his Facebook page.
“This man verbally assaulted myself and my friends as we exited an Uber in Redfern,” he wrote.
“He called us faggots for a good five minutes and continued to taunt us and antagonise us.
“As soon as the onlookers and surrounding spectators of the altercation had dispersed and we had walked away from him, this ‘hero’ came around the corner looking to start a fight by asking, ‘One of you faggots got a lighter?’
“Things got heated and he ended up attacking my husband and broke his forearm.”
Johnson said his husband requires surgery because the break in his arm “needs pins to support it”.
“I can’t believe that he was the victim of a hate crime in 2018,” he said.
“I’m still at a loss for words.
“We are fine and Adrian is in great hands with the doctors and nurses at [the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital].”
A NSW Police spokesperson said officers attended the incident and had launched an investigation.
“Police continue to investigate the incident, including a possible motivation of homophobic bias,” the spokesperson said.
“Just after 10.30pm, emergency services were called to Renwick Street, after reports of an assault.
“Police have been told a 25-year-old man had been assaulted following an argument with another man.
“The man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics for an arm injury and was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.
“NSW Police treats all matters of violence extremely seriously, including bias crimes motivated by sexuality or gender.”
The alleged attacker is described by police as being of caucasian appearance, aged about 30, about 175cm tall, of a medium build, with short, light brown hair, and a beard.
Police urge anyone with information in relation to the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.