Two men from Melton, Leicestershire, have been jailed for attacking and robbing a gay man.
Andrew Davis, 42, and Jonathan Huckerby, 21, were jailed for eight and five years respectively for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.
The pair, who met their 47-year-old victim in a hotel, pretended to be gay so he would invite them back to his home, the Melton Times reports.
Once inside the property, they beat him and stole his phone, keys and £30 in cash.
Judge Michael Pert, at Leicester crown court, said that while the attack was not motivated by homophobia, the pair had used the victim’s sexual orientation.
Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer Dc Michelle Preston, of Melton CID, called the incident a “particularly nasty assault … motivated by homophobia”.
Davis was convicted of the offences, while Huckerby pleaded guilty to both.