Gay man left with fractured eye socket after thugs beat him unconscious and stamped on his head over Disney songs
A car salesman has been jailed for nine months over an “unprovoked and vicious attack” on a gay man.
According to the Telegraph and Argus, the attack took place in Bradford in the early hours of 17 September, 2017, when the victim and his partner were returning home from a night out after getting a takeaway.
Bradford Crown Court heard the attack was sparked by one of the victim’s friends singing Disney songs, which seemed to cause “umbridge and upset”.
The victim was set upon by Saqib Rehman, his brother Wasiq Rehman and an unidentified third man, with the trio shouting “gay b*****ds” before punching the victim, knocking him unconscious and stamping on his head.
On Friday (8 January), Saqib Rehman was jailed for nine months for his role in the “unprovoked, aggressive and sustained” attack, after admitting a reduced charge of of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Wasiq Rehman, who started the altercation and knocked the victim unconscious, will be sentenced on 26 February and is likely to receive a longer prison sentence. The court heard he is currently in Pakistan and is ill, after both brothers travelled there for their father’s funeral.
Victim ‘afraid to go out’ after attack.
The victim, who has not been named, suffered sustained fractures to his nose and eye socket, and now needs to wear glasses due to damage to his eyesight.
In a victim impact statement, the man added that he used to enjoy going out but now rarely did, and was very anxious about who was around him.