Ten 20-year-olds in Norway have been sentenced with community service and fined a collective equivalent of £10,200 after they lured a middle-aged gay man with a fake dating profile and then attacked him with a baseball bat and BB-gun.

The men had created a dating profile on Gaysir.no to lure an unnamed gay man in his 50s to the Ingierstrand swimming lake, southeast of Oslo.

They surrounded him and attacked him in a car park near a wooded area, where one of the 20-year-olds swung a baseball bat and another began firing BB-gun pellets.

The man, who fled from the attack to his car, said the youths has screamed “fucking gay!” and “fucking faggot!” at him.

Marte Svarstad Brodtkorb, his lawyer, said to Norway’s NRK network that her client had been traumatised after the attack.

“He has not been able to work and he has had several hospitalisations,” she said.

“His quality of life has been significantly impaired.”