An 18-year-old man has been jailed after carrying out a homophobic attack in Margate, during which he hurled abuse at two women before launching a wooden plank at them.
Tyler Crane confronted the women with an anti-gay tirade as they walked down Grosvenor Hill in Margate.
Crane, who was part of a group, then swung at them with a wooden plank packed with nails.
The rest of the group then closed in to continue the assasult, with Crane dragging one of the women along the ground by her hair before punching her. She sustained bruises as a result of the attack.
During the incident Crane also stole the other victim’s bag which contained a mobile phone, bankcard, glasses and other personal items.
Following an investigation by Kent Police, Crane was identified by local officers as being the main suspect, and he was arrested in September.
At Canterbury Crown Court Crane, of Birchington, admitted the charges of the hate crime-aggravated assault by beating, affray, possession of an offensive weapon, and theft.
He was sentenced to 18 months in a youth offenders institute when he appeared in court on Friday November 17, 2017.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Steve East said: “This was an unprovoked, nasty attack on a couple by someone who was behaving as if he was a big deal, but in reality he just had small-minded, hateful views.
“Hate crimes can be so distressing for the victims so it’s important for our officers to bring the offenders responsible for those crimes to justice, as it sends out a clear message that such behaviour is not acceptable.”