A disabled woman from Worcester has been fined £270 for a public order offence after she launched a tirade at her neighbour's son and called him a "fat gay" – in an argument over a cat.

Sara Cockayne, 47, hurled the homophobic slur at Emmanuel Thomas after they had a disagreement over who should feed his mother's cat.

The argument broke out at flats in Warndon, Worcester, on 4 July last year.

Ms Cockayne appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court on Monday 5 July 2021, where she admitted to a section five public order offence.

She used "threatening or abusive words or behaviour in the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment alarm or distress", the court heard.

Magistrates fined her £270, ordered her to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £50 in compensation to Mr Thomas.

Sarah Hurd, prosecuting, said Mr Thomas had been visiting his mother when Cockayne argued with his mum over the cat.

She said: "There are some bad feelings between the neighbours.

"During an argument Miss Cockayne was heard to say: 'I'm not having a fat gay look at me.'"

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Miss Cockayne repeated the insult for a second time, this time adding the word 'dirty'.

"It's insulting and of course it's homophobic. This is not a very pleasant thing to have happened to Mr Thomas. He says he was extremely distressed."

In a victim personal statement Mr Thomas said the incident had made him "think about what he wore and the way he presented himself".

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He said he has experienced panic attacks, particularly when he visits his mother, and has had trouble sleeping since the incident took place.

Jas Dhaliwal, defending, said the incident only lasted 10 seconds and Cockayne was standing about 20 metres away.

He said: "It wasn't one of those incidents where someone has got into another person's face.

"My client is a woman of previous good character with no convictions, cautions or reprimands recorded against her.

"She is very nervous to be here. She suffered a seizure at the last hearing because of the stress of these proceedings."

Mr Dhaliwal also listed her health issues which include a serious head injury, epilepsy and asthma.

He said she had twice been in a coma and was in receipt of £207 per fortnight in Employment Support Allowance.

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