Youth sentenced for anti-gay attack

14th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 August 2007, AMSTERDAM – The court in Amsterdam sentenced 19-year-old Hazim A. to six months in prison on Monday, three months suspended, for an attack on a gay couple. The youth was also sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

14 August 2007

AMSTERDAM – The court in Amsterdam sentenced 19-year-old Hazim A. to six months in prison on Monday, three months suspended, for an attack on a gay couple. The youth was also sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

On the night of 28 June, A. assaulted two homosexual men in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, an area home to many gay bars and clubs. A. punched the men in the face, spit on them and swore at them repeatedly.

A. was accompanied by five friends at the time. The police initially arrested these youths as suspects as well, but investigation uncovered that they had not taken part in the violence.

The sentence coincided with the demands of the public prosecutor, who said A.'s offences were aggravated because he targeted the men specifically because of their sexual preference. "All you have to do is look a bit different and walk hand in hand in public and you could be a victim."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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