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26 August 2016, 12:22
A Folkestone man has been given an extended sentence of 12 years after subjecting his victim to a sustained homophobic assault.
Ryan Kilgariff, 21, of no-fixed-address, punched, kicked and hit a 39-year-old man with a glass bottle and other objects over a half-hour period in Cheriton Road, on Wednesday 9 March 2016. It is understood the pair knew each other.
The victim was also verbally abused. He was left needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruises to his head an dbody.
Kilgariff pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 24 August 2016 to a prison term of 9 years and an extended period of 3 years on licence.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Cara Ferguson said: "This was a particularly violent attack that has had a significant effect on the victim.
"It was treated as a hate crime and the significant sentence received by Kilgariff reflects the seriousness with which the court regarded his conduct.
"Kent Police remains committed to stamping out all crime motivated by hate and prejudice.
"Our message is simple; have the trust and confidence to report hate crimes and incidents to the police.’