A 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues has been sentenced two and a half years in prison.

Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked in September as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park, south east London.

He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.

Leslie Kingshott, 42, of Maskells Court, Victoria Road, admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey on 20th December.

Calling it a “tragic case,” today Judge Brian Barker passed sentence.

He described the events in the park as “a dispute over dogs which was blown up out of all proportion.”

Mr Hoare’s boyfriend Robert Bowen was unhappy at the length of the sentence.

“Justice was not done here today, it should have been life,” he told the News Shopper:

“He will be out very soon, it’s so wrong. What’s that going to do for Tony?”

Mr Hoare founded research consultancy Stormbreak nine years ago.

It conducts projects within mainstream areas of research and services organisations and companies with an interest in lesbian and gay issues and the “pink economy.”

He had recently published a report that claimed there was wide underreporting of homophobic crime in London.

“The main reason for not reporting homophobic crime was because the incident had been considered insufficiently serious,” his report, Homophobic Crime in London, read.

“Commonplace verbal abuse, for example, was hardly ever reported. This suggests that the London lesbian and gay community simply puts up with insults, threats and ridicule in public and (as often identified) in the workplace as a fact of everyday life.”

Before embarking on a career in market research, Mr Hoare lectured for five years at colleges of further education.