A homeless man has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work following a homophobic attack on a police officer.
Joel O’Hara, 25, of no fixed address, appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court at the end of February where he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.
According to a court document, magistrates found the attack was aggravated by homophobia based of the presumed sexual orientation of the victim.
O’Hara was handed a community order with a requirement of 150 hours of unpaid work. The sentence was increased from 120 hours due to the homophobic element.