North London man given curfew for harassing gay couple

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A man who harassed a gay couple in Islington, North London, has been banned from going out after 10pm and given a community service order.

As reported by the Islington Gazette, Dean Orrow of King’s Cross had shouted homophobic abuse at the couple, along with an accomplice, outside an Islington kebab shop in July last year.

The couple claim to have recognised Orrow from a previous incident. This time however, he followed them all the way home, gathering together a group of men who then stood outside the couple’s home yelling abuse.

Following a further attack nearly a fortnight later, the couple took photos of Orrow’s number plate after they saw him sat in his car. He was arrested on 13 August, after his picture had been passed to the police.

On February 24 after pleading guilty, Orrow was was ordered to pay £100 to the victims and £100 court costs at Stratford Magistrates Court. His community order will last for six months, along with a year-long restraining order and an electronic tag which he must wear for three months. Additionally he was given a curfew banning him from leaving the house between 10pm and 6am for three months.

Detective Constable Kevin Johansen from Islington police told the Gazette: “Homophobic abuse is not acceptable in this day and age and we take this type of crime seriously.”