Man abused gay couple who ‘flaunted their relationship’

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A MAN yelled at a gay couple because he thought they were taunting him.

Craig Duden shouted at the pair and tried to push one of them during a row in a Washington street.

Prosecutor Penny Bottomley told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that 
the 26-year-old knew the pair and shouted “you’ve pushed me enough” at them.

She added: “When he got closer, Mr Duden shouted ‘I am going to smash your face in’.

“The defendant then pushed the injured party, who stepped out of the way to avoid any physical contact.

“He then walked out of sight and the injured party then went home.”

Speaking to police, one of the victims said he felt distressed and harassed by the incident. Duden, of Trafalgar Road, Sulgrave, pleaded guilty to a public order offence.

Peter Thubron, defending, said Duden suffered from mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He said he finds himself easy to upset. He does try to control it.

“My client may feel that they 
tend to flaunt their relationship at him, because he gets upset by things like that.

“Perhaps he should not, but they don’t make life easy for him.

Mr Thubron said Duden denied pushing either of the men.

Magistrates asked for pre-sentence reports to be prepared and adjourned the case for three weeks.