Man ‘stoned’ by gang outside his home for being gay


A mum fears her son will be killed by a homophobic gang after he was stoned in the street.

Paula Devine said her 25-year-old has been repeatedly targeted over the last three years.

One incident saw vile slurs spray painted across his front door in west Belfast.

In the most recent attack, the man – who has not been named – was pelted with stones as he walked back home, because of his sexuality.

The 52-year-old mum said she is now ‘afraid they’re actually going to kill him’.

Speaking to Belfast Live, she said: ‘It started with slurs about six months after he moved in, the name calling, it’s all homophobic abuse, once they found out he was gay that was it.

‘He was seen as an easy target and it’s just snowballed from then. It’s all them wee hoods, you see the ones that are joyriding about the streets and they come from everywhere they’re not even half from the area.’

Paula said that she has called the police a number of times, but ‘there’s nothing they can do’.

Officers urged that they are, however, treating the attacks as a ‘hate crime’.

As well as being stoned in the street, the young man has had his home targeted by attackers also.

The windows outside the property have allegedly been replaced five times in three years.

Other incidents saw ‘f*****, f*****, out, out’ spray painted onto his front door, and eggs thrown at the walls.

Paula added: ‘It’s got to the point where it’s normal to shout this abuse at him, they’ve shouted ‘where’s you’re boyfriend, ‘can you f**k my’… you know what, I’m just heartbroken, I cannot take anymore.’

The man’s windows have had to be replaced five times in three years (Picture: Belfast Live)

A spokesperson for the police service of Northern Ireland said: ‘Police have investigated a number of incidents at an address in west Belfast this year, including criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

‘Police are treating these incidents as hate crimes.

‘Police take hate crime very seriously and actively investigate all incidents reported to us.

‘Police enquiries are continuing and anyone who has any information that can assist police with their investigations is asked to call 101.’

Anyone with information regarding the attacks is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.