Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face

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A teenager from Newcastle has been jailed for his part in an attack on a gay man.

Kyle Watson, 19, admitted kicking 25-year-old Michael Gibbons after barging into his house.

The pair had a spat a week before the October 2nd incident, Stoke-on-Trent crown court heard.

In the previous incident, homophobic language had been used but both men agreed to shake hands afterwards, the Sentinel reports.

On October 2nd, Watson and others barged their way into Mr Gibbons’ home.

Watson admitted kicking him, while his co-accused Matthew Douglas, 22, punched him twice.

Mr Gibbons said he heard someone say: “Is this that gay?” before he was attacked.

Both pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Douglas was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 18 months.

He must also abide by an 18-month supervision order, do 180 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Gibbons £300 compensation.

Watson was sentenced to eight months in a young offenders’ institution. He is expected to serve half of the time and 80 days on remand will be counted as part of the sentence.