Words: Steve Brown
A woman who hit a man with a wine bottle so hard he partially lost his hearing has been jailed for more than eight years.
After Brighton Pride last year, Jasmine Shepherd, 20, smacked the man with a bottle in a homophobic attack which left the victim with loss of hearing.
During the court hearing at Hove Crown Court, the court heard Shepherd intentionally targeted the man and hurled homophobic abuse at him before following him into a supermarket, The London Economic reported.
She picked up a bottle of wine and threw it at the back of his head. He suffered a serious head injury and partial loss of hearing.
Shepherd pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for eight years and six months.
Investigating Officer Robert Rollins, of Worthing CID, said: “Shepherd took an immediate dislike towards the victim and the verbal abuse she shouted was abhorrent.
“The attack, understandably, caused the victim a huge amount of stress, pain and worry and I hope this sentencing provides closure for him.
“Shepherd’s previous bad character and the homophobic aspect of the assault allowed the judge to provide a higher sentence.
“We hope this statement will be a stark warning to everyone that this behaviour is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”