A nurse from Manchester UK has just been convicted of homophobic abusing a police office as he tried to break up a racially aggravated argument.
Laura O’Shea and her boyfriend Dimitri Budiko had been drinking in December last year when Budiko got into an argument with a black cyclist who had been riding on the pavement. The disagreement became racial with O’Shea’s boyfriend impersonating a monkey to goad the cyclist.
O’Shea, a nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary intervened when police arrived on the scene, she issued verbal homophobic abuse at one officer however during the court case she pleaded not guilty to the charge of using threatening and abusive behaviour.
John Black, defending the nurse claimed the officer wouldn’t have been caused ‘harassment, alarm and distress’ by what she called him, but the Bench disagreed and chairman of the magistrates court disagreed saying “It was a serious insult.”
Budiko, who has previous convictions was convicted of a charge of racially aggravated threatening behaviour and will be sentenced at a later date. Whilst O’Shea was convicted of using threatening and abusive behaviour and given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 costs.
Whilst this is only a small case, it clearly sends a message that homophobic abuse will not be tolerated on the streets of Manchester and indeed elsewhere in the UK.