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Man (20) faces jail for threatening Irish gay couple and telling them to go back to Ireland

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He has been accused of hate crimes after harassing the homosexual couple in their own home with the intention of instilling ‘fear’ in them

The young man faces a sentence of almost four years in prison for allegedly harassing the homosexual couple in the north-western Spanish city of Lugo.

He has been accused of hate crimes after harassing the homosexual couple in their own home with the intention of instilling “fear” in them and preventing them from “living in peace “.

The prosecutor’s office is asking for a sentence of three years and nine months in prison for the accused, in addition to compensation for each of those affected of €1,500 for the “moral damages” caused by his behaviour.

He is also facing a fine of €3,204 and disqualification from carrying out any activity related to teaching for six years, according to a report on Spanish language radio station COPE, Cadena de Ondas Populares Españolas (People’s Radiowaves of Spain Network)

According to the indictment, various incidents occurred in May 2022 when the accused, accompanied by two minors went “on numerous occasions” to the home where the couple lived.

He went there “knowing of their homosexual condition” and with “evident contempt for people with different sexual orientations” to “prevent them from living in peace”.

With the intention of making the couple “uneasy”, they “called on several occasions, insistently, the home’s intercom, hit the front door, threw stones at the windows of their home and uttered expressions” that threatened “their sexual identity”.

The prosecutor claims that on an almost daily basis during the first two weeks of May, the couple were subjected to remarks such as “f***ing faggot” and “we don’t want faggots, or people with AIDS, pedophiles”.

Also, to “instill fear” in the couple, “they told them that they were going to kill and burn them”, on at least two occasions.

On another occasion, one of the three began to kick the portal of the building, while saying, “I’ll go up and go in, I’ll kill you, faggot”.

On another occasion the couple were told: “Irish, go back to Ireland, we don’t want people with AIDS here” and “faggot, you’re going to return dead to Ireland”.

The prosecutor maintains that this behavior caused the couple, “fear, anxiety and restlessness” that they would carry out their threats.

The trial will be held today at the Provincial Court of Lugo.

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