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Man jailed for homophobic sexual assault and robbery

Jessica Geen October 1, 2009
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A Northampton man has been jailed for four and a half years for attacking and robbing a gay man he met in a bar.

Andrew Harris, 21, of Colwyn Road, The Mounts, met his victim in a taxi queue on July 10th in the town centre and agreed to return home with him for more drinking.

Northampton crown court heard that the pair returned to the victim’s home and began flirting with each other. When the victim, who believed Harris was interested in him, got undressed, Harris then began punching him, shouting “I’m not gay”.

According to the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, the court heard that he threatened to kill his victim and took jewellery and his bank card, having forced him to reveal the PIN.

Harris also sexually assaulted his victim while humiliating him. He was arrested on his way home.

He admitted sexual assault, actual bodily harm and robbery and has been placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register until 2019.

Judge Charles Wide QC said two previous convictions for robbery had contributed to his sentence.

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