A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.

The court was hearing evidence in the trial of a 13-year-old boy accused of harassing Howard Jeans-Seymour and his partner Imad Belkhadria, the Gloucester Citizen reports.

The couple, who live with another gay man, said they had stones and snowballs thrown at their home over the last few years and had been subjected to anti-gay abuse. Jeans-Seymour said that one of the stones had only just missed his head.

When asked to describe the group of youths, Jeans-Seymour said he noticed one was particularly small and estimated the child’s age to be three or four.

He said the rest of the gang were aged between ten and 13.

The alleged attacks took place on four dates in February this year. The men had CCTV cameras installed by police at their home in November 2008 but say that the attacks started again when the cameras were removed several months later.

The 13-year-old boy, who was 12 at the time of the alleged attacks, denies harassing the three men by throwing objects and shouting homophobic abuse. He also denies a charge of assault on another boy.

Jeans-Seymour said that the boy was told to apologise by his father but did not.