Two Mablethorpe men convicted of being involved in a savage attack on a gay man in the resort have each been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.
Billy Finnemore and Kieran Page were among a group who chased after the victim who was knocked to the floor and beaten up after leaving Kai’s Bar in the Spanish City complex.
Judge Michael Heath told them: “This was a group attack. You two were not the only ones assaulting him. It was a terrible beating.
“It was unacceptable and indefensible and there was a strong homophobic element to this attack.”
The incident, in the early hours of New Years Day 2011, occurred after the victim was caught urinating in the entrance to a block of flats.
A jury heard that Finnemore confronted the man shouting “Get the gay”.
The victim was grabbed, but a passerby came to his aid and he managed to run off.
Finnemore and Page, together with unidentified other people, caught up with him and Page knocked him to the floor where he was kicked to the body and head. He suffered facial injuries.
Finnemore chased the victim to his home where he threatened to put the windows in and burn the house down.
Finnemore, 31, of High Street, Mablethorpe, and Page, 22, of Seacroft Road, Mablethorpe, each denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm but were found guilty after a jury trial.
They were each jailed for two years.
Finnemore admitted a further charge of threatening to damage property and was given a consecutive six months sentence.
Robert Underwood, for Finnemore, said his client suffers from depression and is vulnerable.
He said that after Finnemore was remanded in custody following his conviction he found prison life very difficult.
“The prospect of being parted from his partner and his child is distressing him in the extreme.”
Neil Sands, for Page, said that at the time of the incident he was on bail for an earlier matter for which he was subsequently jailed but has committed no further offences over the 18 months since the attack.
He said Page helped care for a disabled friend showing there was another side to his character.