Gay man spared jail term

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A GAY man who inflicted horrific facial injuries on his former partner during an angry argument has escaped being sent to prison.

Jordan Palmer, 21, smashed a glass into Ross Sneddon’s face after a bust-up in a friend’s house in Leith in March.

The city’s Sheriff Court heard how Palmer, of East Craigs, screamed “I love you” as his former partner writhed in pain with cuts to his face and head. Palmer, who fell victim to an attack by a homophobic mob in September, pleaded guilty to a serious assault charge at the city’s Sheriff Court last month.

Sheriff Fiona Reith QC spared Palmer prison after hearing how he regretted attacking Mr Sneddon.

Sentencing him to 300 hours community service, Sheriff Reith said that he would have been sent to the city’s Saughton jail if he hadn’t pleaded guilty.