Brandon Taylor, 19, lobbed ‘horrible’ slurs at the victims before he and a ‘rowdy’ group of men knocked them unconscious
A man who left a gay couple in a trauma unit after a brutal homophobic and transphobic attack has been jailed for nearly 10 years.
Brandon Taylor, 19, lobbed ‘horrible’ slurs at the victims before he and a ‘rowdy’ group of men knocked them unconscious with knuckle dusters, a court heard.
On Friday a judge branded him ‘dangerous’ over a string of violent offences in Worcester and Malvern, including smashing a man in the face with a pool ball so that he feared he was blind in one eye.
The attack on William Senior and Barnaby Edgar, who identifies as transgender, left the couple nursing broken bones.
The pair were set upon by Taylor and others as they walked to Morrison’s in Malvern on the evening of September 20, 2019.
Mr Edgar said he felt he had been hit with a knuckle duster as kicks and punches were thrown, leaving him with a broken nose. He was knocked unconscious and as he came to, tried to protect his partner whose head was being smashed against the ground.
Mr Senior suffered an open wound to the left side of the temple and a jaw broken in two places, according to Worcester News.
The court heard how the couple, both on the autistic spectrum, already suffered from anxiety and depression before the attack.
The gang asked to borrow a phone so they could get themselves some cocaine and told the couple: ‘You’re dead if you don’t get us coke!’
Mr Edgar fell to his knees, pleading with the group: ‘We’re pacifists, please leave us alone!’ but the attackers did not stop.
The group included Asfandyar Kiani, 21, who has already been jailed for eight years.
Taylor was given seven-and-a-half sentence for the attack on the couple, to be served consecutively with a two-year sentence for a string of other offences.
During his campaign of violence, Taylor threw a pool ball in a man’s face, punched and bit a man in McDonald’s, stole a skateboard after pulling a knife out on the victim, swung a punch at an Asda security guard and bit a city police officer.
The court heard how Taylor had previous convictions for violence and was involved in another street attack that left the victim unconscious in 2019.
Elizabeth Power, defending, insisted he has a ‘compassionate’ side and has become ‘suicidal’ in jail, where he has been awaiting sentencing since February last year.
She said Taylor was made homeless at the age of 13 and that most of his offences were committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was 17 and 18.
She said her client’s most powerful mitigation was his guilty pleas to all matters.
But Judge Nicolas Cartwright ruled Taylor to be a ‘dangerous offender’ as he handed down his sentence.
He must serve two-thirds of his time in custody before he can be considered for release by the parole board.
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