Gay man Dillon James admits Canterbury attack on drinker who alleged homophobic abuse
Canterbury Crown Court,
where the case is being heard
A Canterbury paramedic has claimed he was subjected to
homophobic and racist abuse... by a gay man.
Richard Steinbeck had been drinking with friends in the G Bar,
in King Street, when he was attacked after leaving to go home.
He told a jury at Canterbury Crown Court how he heard racist and
homophobic comments before being punched and kicked.
"It all happened very quickly but I felt lots of kicks and
punches. I then heard some people saying unpleasant things."
Dillon James, 20, has pleaded guilty to assault and will be
His 23-year-old lover Barry Inns, of Fordwich Road, Sturry,
had denied the charge and was on trial.
However, the Crown Prosecution Service case collapsed mid-trial
and Mr Inns was formally acquitted when no evidence was
A third man, Sebastian Marsh, 23, of The Street, Adisham, was
also acquitted after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no
Andrew Espley, prosecuting, said: "This case concerns an
unprovoked attack by three men on Mr Steinbeck in October 2010.
"They had been to The G Bar, which is also known as
The prosecutor said Mr Steinbeck's group had been drinking with
friends and recognised Dillon James as someone he knew.
"Dillon would be one of the men who would later attack him.
However, as far as Mr Steinbeck was concerned there had been no ill
feeling among them," he added.
"It all happened very quickly but I felt lots of kicks and punches. I then heard some people saying unpleasant things" – Richard Steinbeck
Just after midnight,
the paramedic invited his group to his home and they left the bar
and walked along King Street and into Mill Street.
It was there they became aware of another group behind them,
some still carrying beer glasses, shouting things – and a glass was
thrown over their heads which smashed in the street.
"The next thing he was aware was one of the following group
began squaring up to his friend Robbie Nevins after shouting at
him: 'What the f*** are you looking at?
"Mr Steinbeck stepped in between them and someone, he knows not
who, threw a punch at him – hitting him on the head.
"He fell to the ground and some of the group following started
to punch and kick him while he was on the ground.
"He recognised Dillon James as one of the persons in the group
and said he felt quite shocked," he told the jury.
As he staggered away bleeding from a slash wound in his side –
which later needed 10 stitches – Mr Steinbeck heard someone make
homophobic and racist comments.
Another of Mr Steinbeck’s friends claimed he saw all six people
in the following group taking part in the unprovoked attack.
The prosecutor said after the attack, Mr Steinbeck and
friends returned to the bar where "they felt they would be
The trial continues.
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