A British man who had been jailed for telling his gay neighbors LGBT people should be ‘put down’ has been released after two weeks.
For eight months last year, he shouted abuse at the couple inside and outside his house – often accompanied by an air horn. The incidents often happened after 11pm.
Brayford told the couple, one in his 50s and the other in his 70s, they had ‘no right to be in society’ and they should ‘go back to where they belong’.
The gay couple, who asked not to be named due to fear of further distress, was left ‘sick and depressed’ by the abuse.
Brayford’s lawyer Will Willden told the court his client had been left ‘devastated’ by prison and had promised to sell his house to ensure he did not continue to attack the gay couple.
‘He is a man of 65 who is willing to give up everything he ever worked for to make sure he does not offend again,’ he said, as reported by This Is Plymouth.
He said the pensioner was ‘disgusted’ by the language he used and could not remember the incidents.
He blamed a mixture of vodka and medication he was taking, and said it may have ‘disinhibited’ Brayford.
Judge Cottle said the experience of the last two weeks must have been a ‘serious shock to the system’.
Brayford was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, meaning he was released immediately.
A restraining order preventing contact with the two men remains in place.