A court jailed a man for viciously kicking a lesbian couple in the head while they walked down the street holding hands.
Ross Paterson, 29, from Carluke, Lanarkshire in Scotland attacked the pair after they ignored his homophobic abuse. The incident occurred in Penrith, Cumbria in England in August last year.
The Carlisle Crown Court heard Paterson was high on cocaine when he dragged girlfriends Yazmin Wood and Laura Price into an alleyway and stamped on their heads.
Prosecutor Nicholas Flanagan said, at one point, Wood broke free but Price wasn’t so lucky: ‘She recalled her head striking the wall.’
He added: ‘Blood was pouring all over her,’ reports the Daily Record.
Wood recalled her girlfriend’s head was kicked ‘like a football’ and feared she was going to die.
Price suffered a head wound and a footprint to the face after trying to shield her girlfriend from the attacks.
As a result, both women suffered serious injuries.
Judge Peter Davies said: ‘They were both defenceless, and you attacked them because they were in a same sex relationship.’
Man ‘glassed in the face’ for holding boyfriend’s hand
Earlier this year, attackers glassed a man in the face for daring to hold his boyfriend’s hand in a London pub.
The attacker became aggressive after seeing the pair holding hands, then smashed a glass into the victim’s face.
The witness told the Standard the suspect ‘fled’ when officers arrived at the venue.
Similarly, a teen gang was arrested after bashing a gay couple with a pair of bolt cutters for holding hands in public in the Netherlands.
Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and his husband, Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were on the way home from a party when the attack occurred.
Ronnie lost four front teeth, as well as part of a fifth one, and suffered a severed lip.
His partner suffered bruised ribs and bruises on his back and knee.