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Blind victim was 'rude': bus attack girl's dad

16:00 Sat Mar 1 2014

The father of one of two young women accused of attacking a blind elderly man on an Australian bus has defended his daughter against her "rude" alleged victim, while it has been revealed that the pair have received death threats since footage of the incident went viral.

In the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland's Gold Coast Saturday morning, Lana Watmough, 21, was granted bail while her co-accused, 17-year-old Layni Cameron, was kept behind bars, both on charges of assault and public nuisance since turning themselves in for the alleged bashing and racial vilification of 77-year-old Paul Buttigieg on Tuesday.

Watmough's father, who refused to be named, told the Coast Bulletin his daughter had been ridiculed by people who "don't know the story at all".

He said while Watmough was sorry for the attack, there was also "another side to the story" and he claimed Mr Buttigieg had been "rude".

Meanwhile, Mr Buttigieg has broken down in tears as he revealed all he had asked the two women was, "Would you mind stop swearing?" before the violent attack.

"And the next thing there was beating and beating. That's all I said. That's when they laid into me," Mr Buttigieg told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

The Tweed Heads man – who is blind in his right eye and can barely see from his left – has confirmed he is not indigenous, despite the racist nature of the attack.

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 Mr Buttigieg.

One woman can also be heard allegedly saying to the victim: "Oh bro, we're in Abo land."

Outside court this morning, defence lawyer Jodi Allen said the accused women were remorseful.

"It is a situation where they've received death threats and other threats to their personal safety have been made against them online," said Ms Allen, who argued the backlash against the women had gone too far.

They are due to face court again on April 23.