A UK teen will serve a 14-year sentence for stabbing a gay man in the chest in a brutal homophobic attack (20 May).
The judge told the court Evans was guilty of a homophobic attack, as the two men met near the City Walls, which is a well-known meeting point for gay men.
Nascimento, a 35-year-old cleaner from Brazil, recovered from his serious injuries but has been left mentally distraught since the attack.
Last month, a court decided Evans will face a sentence of wounding with intent, and Judge Elgan Edwards has now given him a 14-year sentence in a young offenders institute for the attack, the Chester Chronicle reports.
‘It is a terrible thing to see a man of just 19 - only 18 when you committed this crime - standing in the dock’ said Edwards.
‘But your behaviour that night was quite disgraceful.
‘You were convicted correctly by the jury of wounding with intent to do serious harm. You armed yourself with a knife, wandered round the streets of Chester and found your way deliberately to the Walls at a place you knew well was a meeting point for homosexuals.
‘I’m quite satisfied this was pre-meditated, homophobic attack - you did not have that knife on you for any other reason.
‘All this man was doing was talking to his friend but he ended up nearly dead as a result.’
Evans had tried to convince the court hearing he does not harbour any anti-gay feelings.
‘I have no anti-gay views. Everyone is equal. My brother is gay and I’m perfectly happy with that’ he said.
Victim Nascimento is now reportedly suffering from anxiety, paranoia and insomnia. He also no longer goes swimming, because of a large scar he now has on his chest.
‘I hope that Floyd Evans realises that he could have been facing a murder charge had it not been for the lifesaving skills of the police, paramedics and surgeons’ he said.
‘I thank God and the amazing people who saved my life. I will never forget the incident and will always have the scars, but I am also very grateful to still be alive.’