Keighley man jailed for horrific attack on lesbian couple
A 22-year-old man from Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six and a half years for a vicious attack on a lesbian couple.
Adrian Feather was said to have borne a grudge against Verona Benson and Tracey Williams after an incident in a pub, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports.
He saw the couple in the town centre on July 9th as they walked to an off-licence following a wedding reception.
Bradford crown court heard that he began shouting abuse at them and then punched Ms Benson in the face. He threw more punches and aimed a kick at her. As she lay on the ground, he stamped on her ankle, breaking it.
He continued to hit her and also hit Ms Williams.
He was arrested the next day and pleaded guilty to attacking both women.
The court heard that Ms Benson, who appeared at the trial on crutches, was a nervous wreck and did not know whether she would be able to return to her job as a bus driver.
Ms Williams said she suffered panic attacks and both women were afraid to leave the house.
Feather, who was described as an “animal” by the judge, Recorder Dean Kershaw, was convicted of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and common assault.