Blackburn man, 19, guilty of 'disgraceful' homophobic attack

A 19-YEAR-OLD man staged a homophobic attack on two gay men enjoying a night out in Blackburn town centre.

Blackburn magistrates heard Michael Lee Hannan shouted that he hated gays before launching his unprovoked attack.

Hannan, of Sunnybank Road, pleaded guilty to assaulting the teenagers, aged 18 and 17.

He was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 15 months, ordered to pay £200 compensation to each of his victims and £85 costs.

Imposing the sentence the chairman warned Hannan that any breach of the order or repeat of his “disgraceful” behaviour would be likely to trigger an immediate prison sentence.

“The severity of the assaults and the nature of the abuse is very distressing and disturbing,” said the chairman.

“People who go into town for a night out do not expect to be abused like this.”

Claire Grant, prosecuting, said both the victims were gay and open about their sexuality.

The 18-year-old and some friends were approached by Hannan and a number of his friends who asked for cigarettes.

A female member of the group gave Hannan a cigarette to try and prevent any trouble but he became abusive and made homophobic comments.

“The group walked away to a bus shelter near the Boulevard where they were joined by the 17 year old,” said Mrs Grant.

“Hannan and his friends followed and continued to be abusive.”

Mrs Grant said that without any warning Hannan punched the 17-year-old hard to the side of the face and then punched him again on the jaw and in the eye.

He then headbutted the other victim and followed up with a punch to the face.

Richard Prew, defending, said Hannan suffered from psychosis for which he was taking medication.

“At the time of this incident he had not been taking his medication and had been drinking heavily,” said Mr Prew.

He said the Probation Service was already working with Hannan under an order made for a racially aggravated assault.

“They are making progress in respect of his attitude to others who aren’t the same as him and he has stopped drinking,” said Mr Prew.

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9:17pm Tue 12 Jan 10

mys says...

doesnt matter what the little toerag suffers from if you ask me,he should be jailed for what hes done to those innocent lads,this is why todays society is like it is because the dogooder judges let em go with a slapped hand,what kind of up bringing do these offenders have eh???????
doesnt matter what the little toerag suffers from if you ask me,he should be jailed for what hes done to those innocent lads,this is why todays society is like it is because the dogooder judges let em go with a slapped hand,what kind of up bringing do these offenders have eh??????? mys

9:44pm Tue 12 Jan 10

Tosh67 says...

Richard Prew, defending, said Hannan suffered from psychosis for which he was taking medication.

“At the time of this incident he had not been taking his medication and had been drinking heavily,” said Mr Prew.

All the more reason for locking this violent d1ckhead up for a long period of time.

Where is mr toss pot justice secretary, is this justice for these two horses hooves who have suffered a horrendous ordeal because a lowlife is a violent lunatic who is not welcome in society?
Richard Prew, defending, said Hannan suffered from psychosis for which he was taking medication. “At the time of this incident he had not been taking his medication and had been drinking heavily,” said Mr Prew. All the more reason for locking this violent d1ckhead up for a long period of time. Where is mr toss pot justice secretary, is this justice for these two horses hooves who have suffered a horrendous ordeal because a lowlife is a violent lunatic who is not welcome in society? Tosh67

10:21pm Tue 12 Jan 10

cutthebull says...

Yeah I bet the court wasn't told that psychosis is usually a result of long term drug use then, but that would be just another excuse for his behaviour, not the fact he needs a good slap
Yeah I bet the court wasn't told that psychosis is usually a result of long term drug use then, but that would be just another excuse for his behaviour, not the fact he needs a good slap cutthebull

10:44pm Tue 12 Jan 10

woodyads says...

Yet another reason that Blackburn town centre has become a no-go zone after dark; members of the justice system are allowing violent thugs back on the street despite the fact they have a past racist history and openly admit they are homophobic - and are willing to smack and punch the nearest person who gets in the way of them.
All of this in the constituency of the Justice Secretary.
'Irony' just doesn't come close.
Yet another reason that Blackburn town centre has become a no-go zone after dark; members of the justice system are allowing violent thugs back on the street despite the fact they have a past racist history and openly admit they are homophobic - and are willing to smack and punch the nearest person who gets in the way of them. All of this in the constituency of the Justice Secretary. 'Irony' just doesn't come close. woodyads

10:50pm Tue 12 Jan 10

happycyclist says...

The fact that solicitors even submit crap like that in mitigation suggests that it must work in enough cases to get a result for their sociopathic clients clients -and THAT'S what's wrong with the justice system.

How about a comment from Straw?
How about a comment from Blackburn Chamber of Trade? -scumbags, collusive solicitors and limp-wristed judges like this are all damaging trade in Blackburn and driving punters away from enjoying a night out in the town.
The fact that solicitors even submit crap like that in mitigation suggests that it must work in enough cases to get a result for their sociopathic clients clients -and THAT'S what's wrong with the justice system. How about a comment from Straw? How about a comment from Blackburn Chamber of Trade? -scumbags, collusive solicitors and limp-wristed judges like this are all damaging trade in Blackburn and driving punters away from enjoying a night out in the town. happycyclist

11:02pm Tue 12 Jan 10

burner says...

Good comments, happycyclist. Lots wrong here. You nailed it.
Good comments, happycyclist. Lots wrong here. You nailed it. burner

1:16am Wed 13 Jan 10

Davidoff says...

“If he were imprisoned now all the good work that has been done with him would be wasted.”

Be sure to tell his next victim(s) that won't you.

“Hannan and his friends followed and continued to be abusive.”

So, let's see. The rest of his mates were suffering with the same kind of 'psychosis' he was or was it some kind of 'mass hysteria' that broke out? Yep, okay.

Lock the 'psychotic' little jerk up and do all of us one big favour. Or, one day, the public will do it for you if justice fails to restore order to our communities.
“If he were imprisoned now all the good work that has been done with him would be wasted.” Be sure to tell his next victim(s) that won't you. “Hannan and his friends followed and continued to be abusive.” So, let's see. The rest of his mates were suffering with the same kind of 'psychosis' he was or was it some kind of 'mass hysteria' that broke out? Yep, okay. Lock the 'psychotic' little jerk up and do all of us one big favour. Or, one day, the public will do it for you if justice fails to restore order to our communities. Davidoff

8:31am Wed 13 Jan 10

Chris P Bacon says...

Homophobia leading to violence of that sort is one of the surest indications that the attacker is a latent homosexual himself.
Homophobia leading to violence of that sort is one of the surest indications that the attacker is a latent homosexual himself. Chris P Bacon

9:51am Wed 13 Jan 10

wotever says...

Wouldn't it have been good had they attacked someone with a martial arts background, they should rot in hell and when they eventually breed I hope their own child turns out to be gay that would be divine retribution
Wouldn't it have been good had they attacked someone with a martial arts background, they should rot in hell and when they eventually breed I hope their own child turns out to be gay that would be divine retribution wotever

4:40pm Wed 13 Jan 10

workaholic says...

Oooooo I would have scratched his eyes out!
Oooooo I would have scratched his eyes out! workaholic

5:47pm Wed 13 Jan 10

brfcianbrfc says...

6 months suspended what a joke. What do you have to do to actually get put away in this country.. murder ??
6 months suspended what a joke. What do you have to do to actually get put away in this country.. murder ?? brfcianbrfc

8:46pm Wed 13 Jan 10

Wellingtonia says...

Yes, Well Said, Happy Cyclist !! Sorry, Jack Straw is currently too busy to comment.... he is writing out his CV for his next job, or his acceptance speech when he gets elevated to the Lords, or his press release when he gets his knighthood. Make you own mind up about that. What he AIN'T going to be doing is commenting on such a violent attack, where the perpetrator gets a SUSPENDED sentence. I would suspend this low life.... by the neck. Lets all wait and see, in the years ahead, to see what further violent attacks this looney tunes carries out Thank you, Mr Non Justice Secretary Jack Straw, you and your cronies, ( War Criminal Blair) are on your way out... ( well actually Blair is on his way to a prison cell in The Hague ).
Yes, Well Said, Happy Cyclist !! Sorry, Jack Straw is currently too busy to comment.... he is writing out his CV for his next job, or his acceptance speech when he gets elevated to the Lords, or his press release when he gets his knighthood. Make you own mind up about that. What he AIN'T going to be doing is commenting on such a violent attack, where the perpetrator gets a SUSPENDED sentence. I would suspend this low life.... by the neck. Lets all wait and see, in the years ahead, to see what further violent attacks this looney tunes carries out Thank you, Mr Non Justice Secretary Jack Straw, you and your cronies, ( War Criminal Blair) are on your way out... ( well actually Blair is on his way to a prison cell in The Hague ). Wellingtonia

6:54pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Nad says...

Tosh67...Can you please explain what you mean by 'Horses Hooves'
Tosh67...Can you please explain what you mean by 'Horses Hooves' Nad

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