Glasgow man committed a homophobic attack on woman

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

William Westwater, 35, was standing next to his car – which was parked in a disabled spot – when he was notices by a 28-year-old woman. He was leaning into his car, shouting at his dog during the incident on Thursday, local press reports. The woman was concerned about Westwater’s treatment of the animal, so she started to film the incident on a mobile phone camera. Seeing that the man went on a homophobic tirade: “I’ll slap you across the street, you stupid f****** d**e, I’ll take that phone and throw it across the road. Get to f***.” Westwater then approached the woman, the court heard, and struck her. This blow left the victim, who fled the scene shortly after, with a cut below her left eye. The man plead guilty of the attack. Appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court for his sentencing, Westwater was told by Sheriff Cameron to pay a £600 fine and give £250 compensation to his victim.


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