Drunk man fined over homophobic comments

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A MAN who shouted homophobic abuse at a police officer has been fined.

Andrew Baker was drunk at his flat when police were called to an incident.

But when they knocked at his flat and he was arrested the 46-year-old was abusive to a male officer.

Fareham Magistrates’ Court heard Baker, of Linkenholt Way, Havant, continued to use homophobic phrases while cuffed and in custody.

Chairman of the magistrates David Picton-Jones fined him £225.

He must pay £85 costs, £50 compensation and a £22 victim surcharge.

Baker admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress on September 4 last year.

Addressing magistrates, Baker said: ‘I would like to apologise to the court, I was very drunk – it’s not an excuse I know.

‘I’d received some bad news. I let the drink get to me.’