A man jailed for repeatedly hurling homophobic abuse at his gay neighbours in Plymouth is to appeal his sentence next week at the city’s crown court.

65-year-old Reginald Brayford, of Beaumont Road, St Judes, Plymouth, was imprisoned for 20 weeks by city magistrates earlier this month.

Brayford admitted pursuing a course of conduct amounting to the harassment of the two men between January and September.

Plymouth Magistrates Court heard Brayford’s actions left one of the men feeling “sick and depressed”.

He shouted that gay people had “no right to be in society” and that they should “go back to where they belong”.

Brayford is appealing against the sentence to secure his immediate release.

A judge will hear the case at Plymouth Crown Court on Thursday 24 October.

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