Man jailed for a homophobic attack against a student

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A man has been jailed over a horrific homophobic attack in Weymouth, Dorset, during which he grabbed a young woman’s hair and threw her against the wall. Martin Keith Stephens, of no fixed abode, was handed a four-month prison sentence for physically assaulting the 19-year-old victim outside Boombox Nightclub in the early hours of May 11 this year, reports Dorset Echo. The man admitted his guilt at the court. Prosecutor Charles Nightingale said Stephens had been drunk at the time of the attack, and had tried to start up a conversation with a friend of the victim, an A-level student. The prosecutor said the defendant “lost his temper” when the victim tried to protect her friend from him. He left the victim bleeding and yelled he would kill her. Simon Lacey, defending, said Stephens pled guilty in a timely way, but denied some details of the attack. “He wants everyone involved to be able to move on,” said Lacey.

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