Homophobic gang attacks drive couple from home

Daniel Donaldson and his partner have suffered a string of attacks
Daniel Donaldson and his partner have suffered a string of attacks
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A LAWYER has been forced to leave his home after a gay hate campaign saw him and his partner attacked by children as young as 12.

Daniel Donaldson, 34, and his partner, Arran Southall, 28, have lived in the home in Drylaw for more than three years.

But after suffering a string of attacks over the last two months they feel they have been left with no choice but to move.

One incident saw thugs launch “missiles” of bricks and stones at their windows while calling them “beasts” and “sex offenders”.

They also had their car windscreen smashed.

Mr Donaldson said: “Me and my partner stuck out like a sore thumb and it was almost like ‘we are the only gays in the village’.

“I was getting comments shouted at me from behind hedges saying if you don’t talk to us we are going to report you and your boyfriend for being big gays.

“I was volunteering at Glasgow 2014 and my partner phoned me distressed to say the car windscreen had been smashed in and the kids were giving him abuse – they got charged but less than a couple of days later there were missiles being launched at the door.

“They were saying ‘you are a big paedo, you are a beast – do you want to beast me?’ while one lad pulled down his trousers and exposed his backside.”

The 34-year-old praised the efforts of police which have lead to three youngsters being charged but remains frustrated at the workings of the youth justice system.

He tried to take out an interdict and non-harassment orders against the perpetrators but failed because the authorities would not provide their details.

The couple now said they have no option but to move away.“It’s just completely out of control,” Mr Donaldson said.

A police spokesman confirmed three juveniles had been charged over alleged hate crime and that inquiries were ongoing.

Colin Macfarlane, director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “The sad reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots is that they face hate crime every day at home, in their communities and their workplaces.”

Councillor Cammy Day, community safety leader, said: “Hate crime is completely unacceptable. The council treats all reports of hate crime extremely seriously, and is working with Police Scotland to investigate.”