A Slough man has been sent to jail after insulting two people based on their sexual orientation.

Ricky Bowden, of Neptune Way, was locked up after committing the offences while on bail.

The 50-year-old was convicted of using threatening or insulting behaviour against two people in Slough on October 27, 2020, a court file indicated.

The file read: “The court finds that this offence was motivated (wholly or partly)by hostility towards persons who are of a particular sexual orientation.”

On October 26, the previous day, Bowden stole two pairs of glasses and their cases from a person.

He also ‘interfered with a motor vehicle’ with the intention of stealing it, the court file indicated.

And on October 27, Bowden wilfully obstructed a police constable in the execution of their duty.

Appearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on May 6, Bowden was handed a 26-week prison sentence.

He was jailed because the court found these offences were aggravated by the fact he was on bail while they were committed, and because of his previous record of offending.

In addition to the prison term, Bowden was fined £250 and made to pay a £128 victim surcharge.