A YOUNG gay man was beaten and tortured by eight teenage homophobes – simply for stepping outside his front door.
Terrified Ian Bullock cowered helplessly into a corner as the thugs, some as young as 15, attacked him for 15 minutes.
They took it in turns to punch and kick him, all the time chanting homophobic taunts.
“I couldn’t do anything to defend myself because there were so many of them,” said 27-year-old Ian.
“All I could do was beg them to stop . But it just went on and on for what seemed like hours.
“They were punching my face and kicking my body at the same time. It was agony and I was screaming.”
Ian had been planning to go out with a friend when he left his flat in Bletchley’s Mellish court on Sunday afternoon.
He got as far as the lift when the youths attacked, forcing him into a corner of the stairwell.
“The names they were calling me were horrible. They all centred around being gay,” said Ian, who suffered bruising all over his body, a black eye and cut face.
He is now scared to go out of his flat in case the youths attack again.
“I feel like I am a prisoner in my own home. I am meant to be spending Christmas with my family but I don’t think I dare try to get there.
“I would rather spend Christmas Day alone than go through another attack like that.”
Ian is now begging Milton Keynes Council to move him to a safer address.
“I don’t feel safe here at all. Surely there is another part of the city where people can accept me for what I am?
A council spokesman said: “A Council spokesperson said: “We are taking this incident very seriously. We are working with the police to collect more information, and will visit Mr Bullock to assess his needs and discuss the best course of action with him.”
City police are this week trying to identify the culprits.
Hate crimes are viewed severely by the courts and the gang members face prison sentences.
“I’m hoping someone knows who these youths are and will have the courage to tell the police,” said Ian.
Police can be contacted on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.