A 19-year-old man was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of stabbing a gay man in a homophobic attack.
Floyd Evans, of Chester, attacked Francisco Nascimento after drinking heavily and taking cocaine.
He stabbed the victim in a well-known meeting point for gay people along the city’s Roman walls.
Nascimento was chatting to a friend when Evans approached wearing a hat and a hoodie.
Evans proceeded to stab him in the chest, severing an artery. The victim was given life-saving surgery at Royal Liverpool Hospital where he stayed for 11 days.
Evans was handed an increased sentence due to the stabbing being a hate crime.
Judge Elgan Edwards said: ‘I’m quite satisfied this was [a] pre-meditated, homophobic attack – you did not have that knife on you for any other reason.
‘All this man was doing was talking to his friend, but he ended up nearly dead.’
Evans, whose own brother is gay, denied carrying out the attack, claiming to not remember the incident in question.
21 May 2014 | 10:25 am – Source: metro.co.uk