A teenager who attacked a gay man in Hertford has been jailed for 21 months.

Daniel Keem, 18, attacked a gay man after hurling anti-gay slurs in Hertford.

Giving evidence at the St. Alban’s crown court, the victim said, ‘He shouted [abuse] I just ignored it and walked into the shop. I don’t normally respond to it. It encourages homophobia.’

The unnamed victim was shopping at the Co-Op in Flemming Crescent and said that he had recognised Keem as he had made comments in the past.

After leaving the store the victim made his way down Windsor Drive, he said,

‘I was confronted by Daniel.

‘He said: ‘Don’t take the piss out of me.

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‘He punched me and tried to headbutt me.

‘Someone grabbed my arm and pushed me around.’

Keem, admitted causing actual bodily harm in October last year, after punching and trying to headbutt his victim, although he denied making homophobic remarks.