Three men have been jailed after being found guilty of a vicious homophobic assault and a racially motivated attack in Brighton.
The men attacked the first victim, who was aged 40 at the time, just before 12 midnight on August 16, 2013. They set about him with bottles at the junction of Edward Street and Dorset Place, striking him several times around his head causing wounds that needed hospital treatment and which have resulted in permanent scarring.
They then moved on to the bottom of St James’s Street where they hurled homophobic abuse at a 34-year-old man before punching him and chasing him across Old Steine to the bus stops near Pavilion Gardens where they continued the assault. He was taken to hospital where his wounds required stitching. During the assault, Wilson snatched the victim’s phone as he was trying to call police.