Two men in court over alleged homophobic attack

PUBLISHED: 16:15 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:35 25 July 2017

The pair are due to stand trial in September.

The pair are due to stand trial in September.

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Two men have been charged after a man in Bristol was beaten up in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.

The pair from Yatton and Backwell are accused of committing a hate crime.

They were both ordered to appear for the first time at Bristol Magistrates Court on Thursday.

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said the force was called to the incident in early May.

They added: “A 19-year-old man was attacked in Park Street in the early hours of May 7, suffering injuries to his face.

“Kyle Gibson, aged 22, of Binhay Road in Yatton, has been charged with assault.

“Luke Sheppard, aged 22, of Downside Road in Backwell, has been charged with a public order offence, namely causing harassment, alarm or distress.”

The defendants have denied the charges relating to the alleged homophobic nature of the incident and a trial will be held later this year at the same court.


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