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Men jailed after homophobic attack in Mablethorpe

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

Lincoln Crown Court

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TWO Mablethorpe men convicted of being involved in a savage attack on a gay man have each been jailed.

Billy Finnemore and Kieran Page were among a group who chased the victim who was knocked to the floor and beaten up after leaving Kai's Bar in the Spanish City complex.

Judge Michael Heath, at Lincoln Crown Court, said: "This was a group attack. You two were not the only ones assaulting him. It was a terrible beating. It was unacceptable and indefensible and there was a strong homophobic element to this attack."

The incident, in the early hours of New Year's Day 2011, occurred after the victim was caught urinating in the entrance to a block of flats.

A jury heard that Finnemore confronted the man shouting "Get the gay".

The victim was grabbed but a passer-by came to his aid and he managed to run off.

Finnemore and Page, together with unidentified people, caught up with him and Page knocked him to the floor where he was kicked to the body and head.

Finnemore, 31, of High Street, Mablethorpe, and Page, 22, of Seacroft Road, Mablethorpe, each denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm but were found guilty after a jury trial. They were each jailed for two years. Finnemore admitted a further charge of threatening to damage property and was given a consecutive six months sentence.

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