Straight man left with metal plates in face for life after anti-gay attack

Victim was hit so hard he fell to the ground with a single blow during a night out in Leeds, UK

Straight man left with metal plates in face for life after anti-gay attack
11 June 2014

A straight man will live with metal plates in his face for his life after being punched to the ground in an anti-gay attack.

A court has heard how a 24-year-old British victim, who has been given anonymity, was attacked at a Leeds nightclub last year.

He suffered multiple fractures to his face and jaw, and has been permanently scarred.

Adam Betteridge, 28, attempted to defend himself by saying he was provoked after the victim attempted to kiss him.

‘You know what gays are like,’ he told police after the attack on 13 December. ‘What can you do?’

Ewan Mclachlan, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court: ‘The defendant was detained at the scene and interviewed and admitted that he had punched the complainant.

‘He said he had done so because the complainant had come up to him and kissed him on the lips. He said he did not like that.

‘He said it was done in such a way that if it had been a woman who had been kissed him it would have been a sexual matter.’

But when CCTV footage was shown, it showed the victim minding his own business at the bar.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Judge Tom Bayliss said: ‘Your reaction was not an instinctive reaction but a considered reaction.

‘I have had the advantage of seeing the CCTV which shows you approaching the victim who was simply minding his own business when you approached him and you felled him with a single blow.’

Betteridge was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

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