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Scotland: Man attacks barman in row over gay porn

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  1. Back to the good old bad old days of homosexual panic. I wonder what would have happened if it had been a woman he’d clobbered over the head with a bottle. I doubt he would have been let out on the streets again so easily.
    Double standards.
    Shocking.
    He could have just walked away, but no he picks up a glass bottle and bashes the guy over the head with it instead and gets away with a veiled homosexual panic plea.
    Back to the dark ages in Scotland.

    1. or if women clobbered all the straight men who harass us?

  2. “Unwanted sexual advances”.
    Gay panic.
    “He came on to me so instead of saying no, I hit him.”

    No.

  3. Hate crime? No ‘Gay Panic’.
    How we’ve progressed :/

  4. ‘The court heard he had been suffering from post traumatic stress after being discharged from the army.’
    Ah, one of those ‘heroes’ we keep hearing about.

  5. Dangermouse 25 Oct 2012, 4:39pm

    Closet case if ever there was one !

  6. Its “The Portsmouth Defence” resurrected from the 1950′s!!!!!

    This judge needs educating.

  7. He was staying at a hotel and went to the barmans accomodation after he finished work for a drink?

    That happens all the time doesn’t it?

    All perfectly normal behaviour.

    1. Exactly he went to the barmans accomodation because he wanted a shag – another closet case.

    2. The barman’s judgment was on holiday that night though, poor man.

  8. A&Es would be packing patients three to a bed if women bottled every man who made an unwanted sexual advance.

    Without reading the ruling, it’s not clear what influence the “gay panic” defence had on the sentence.

    But if lawyers are going to keep using the gay panic line, the government should issue guidance to clarify that the appropriate response to an unwanted sexual advance is “no”. It’s about time lawyers stopped playing to the peanut gallery in this way.

    1. “A&Es would be packing patients three to a bed if women bottled every man who made an unwanted sexual advance.”

      Too right!

  9. Reading the description in the local news:
    http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/News/Ross-man-hit-barman-on-head-with-bottle-in-gay-porn-row-24102012.htm

    It doesn’t read as if the “gay panic” defense impacted the sentencing.

    The judge went with the sentencing recommendation report, rather than mitigating it in any way.

    Also the guy had spent 3 weeks in custody, so anything less than an sentence of several months would have meant release in a couple of weeks, as only have the sentence is generally served in custody and the rest on license. And an assault conviction with a guilty plea is unlikely to two attract a 3+ month sentence.

    A two year supervision order + 80 hours of community service is ultimately a stiffer sentence than a couple of weeks in jail.

    Had he not spent time on remand already, custody may have been more likely.

    So it seems unlikely the defence was given any merit.

    Infuriating it was used though.

  10. friday jones 25 Oct 2012, 11:10pm

    “But the solicitor acknowledged that perhaps McCullough didn’t seek help.
    He added: ‘He has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress. He plainly needs help. He has had custodial punishment in the past and has spent three weeks in the cells on this offence.’”

    Oh, then by all means, unleash this violent man on the unwitting public so he can assault some more unsuspecting people. If he’s violently insane, aren’t there places for those kinds of folks?

  11. GingerlyColors 26 Oct 2012, 12:24pm

    “Post traumatic stress after being discharged from the army.”
    Excuses. Excuses.

  12. He should have gone straight to prison…what was he doing in a Gay bar…if he was so straight…

  13. Malcolm Wood 26 Oct 2012, 7:53pm

    Just for the record, Pink News,Tain is far from being remote and lies on the east coast of Scotland. Population 3,972 .

    1. Actually it lies on the north east coast of Scotland, has no gay bars and is a horrible town!

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