Pensioner again facing jail for breaching a suspended sentence for homophobic abuse

Joseph McCormick July 3, 2014
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A pensioner in Plymouth has found himself back behind bars, after breaching the terms of a suspended sentence handed down after he continually hurled abuse at his gay neighbours.

66-year-old Reginald Brayford, of Beaumont Road, St Judes, Plymouth, was imprisoned for 20 weeks by city magistrates in October last year, but successfully appealed, and was instead given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 2 years.

A restraining order preventing contact with the two men had remained in place

Having pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his suspended sentence by contacting the victims, 50 and 70, he was remanded in custody.

He admitted hurling yet more abuse at the victims on 23 June.

In previous incidents, the court heard that Brayford had accompanied his insults with an air horn, and had once revved a motorcycle engine.

The victims, the court heard, had been left “sick and depressed”, by the prolonged abuse.

The court heard that among other, worse insults, he had told the couple that gay people should be “put down”, reports the Plymouth Herald.

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

Brayford will appear in Crown Court on 25 July for sentencing, but has been remanded in custody.

Related topics: abuse, homophbia, reginald brayford

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