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UK: Teen punched gay man and said: ‘What do you want faggot?’

June 3, 2014
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A teenager who launched a drunken attack at a gay man in Swindon has been jailed for breaking his suspended sentence.

Swindon Crown Court heard Stuart Trinder, 19, set upon the victim after drinking in the Casbah nightclub on 18 July last year.

The Swindon Advertiser reports Trinder punched the man to the ground and said: “What do you want faggot?”

Despite the anti-gay language, and the testimony of a friend who revealed Trinder had previously bullied the victim over his sexual orientation at school, Trinder denied that his actions were motived by homophobia.

He was given a suspended community sentence after admitting to two counts of ABH in December 2013.

But after several breaches he was jailed for four months last Friday.

The 19-year-old admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence.

Trinder breached a community order handed down by magistrates in March for criminal damage at his mum’s house in January.

Rob Ross, defending, said his client had been living away from home when he was on bail conditions not to contact his mum.

The teenager had completed just one of the 220 hours he was ordered to do.

He also repeatedly failed to turn up for appointments with probation officers.

Related topics: anti-gay abuse, anti-gay assault, anti-gay crime, anti-gay language, England, homophobic language, jail, Swindon

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