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Man jailed for homophobic attack – Manchester

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A Manchester man was today jailed for more than two years for a “deplorable and demeaning” attack on two women, fuelled by homophobia.

On 30 January last year, the couple were on a train at Manchester Piccadilly when a man approached them and started abusing them.

Another man then came up and started to urinate on the couple, whilst laughing at them.

This man – 26-year-old Jamie Shaw – was confronted by one of the women. He retaliated by punching her in the face, causing severe bruising and a fractured eye socket.

Shaw then tried to get away from the train, but one of the women had phoned British Transport Police and officers immediately attended and arrested him.

Shaw, of Buxton Road in Stockport, was charged on 17 June and, after initially failing to appear at court on an earlier date, he pleaded guilty on 1 February at Manchester Crown Court to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. This was classed as a hate crime and he was sentenced today to two years and four months in prison.

Investigating officer PC Mark Haviland said: “This incident was absolutely deplorable and demeaning. The victims have been really badly affected by their ordeal and suffered horrendous injuries, both physical and mental, as a result.

“It is 2017. People can choose to live their lives however they like, without having to deal with the opinions and homophobia of a small minority of individuals like Shaw.

“I have to give credit to the victims for their outstanding bravery giving evidence, which was compelling.

“I feel the sentence given to Shaw outlines how seriously we at the police, the judicial system, and society, perceives hate crimes and will hopefully deter any other incidents of this nature.”

If you ever need British Transport Police, call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.

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