80 year old fined for homophobic abuse

Aug 11, 2017 by

by James Ledward, GScene:

The victim was abused outside his shop in Cliffe High Street during a row with a woman about how she had parked outside the shop, as it was interfering with his business.

The woman, Patricia Pavey, was issued with a parking ticket by a traffic enforcement officer, as her vehicle was not moved within the required three hour period. An argument broke out first between the officer and the defendant and the victim joined in on the discussion, challenging the woman about her poor parking and her behaviour towards him.

She then became angry with the victim for reporting her over her parking and made homophobic comments towards him.

Following a trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Ms. Pavey was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Had it not been for the homophobic nature of the comments, she would only have been fined £166. She was also ordered to pay £250 and a victim surcharge of £30.

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