A drunken thug who broke a gay man's jaw after an all-day binge has escaped jail.Eh..? Surely not!
Smith had been drinking at the Bristol Harbour Festival before confronting the man, who was with his partner and a friend, at about 11.30pm on July 30 in Bedminster.But then, of course, decided not to give it to him.
At Bristol Crown Court Smith, of Dowling Road, Hartcliffe, was given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, for committing grievous bodily harm, although Judge Michael Harington said the offence "richly deserved" imprisonment.
He said: "You made some vile, revolting homophobic remarks which were quite unforgivable. The offence alone clearly crosses the custody threshold."So, why not sentence him to jail? Well, believe it or not, the poor wee lamb is ‘vulnerable’ (in the modern meaning of the word):
Mr Nelson also added that Smith, who has a previous record of antisocial offences, had physical and psychological problems. He is not able to read or write very well, has little education, and is unable to complete manual work due to a congenital defect in his hand.If he’s unable to work, where does he get the money to buy drink and drugs from?
He said: "He has a deep sense of frustration when it comes to employment and a low self-esteem which is why, on occasion he drinks to excess and takes substances. He is an extremely vulnerable young man."
* As well as ‘Muslim’, that is….