A man who hurled homophobic abuse at his victim during a bus journey has been sentenced by magistrates in Cornwall.

Haydn James Mills, 21, of Eastern Lane in Camborne appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court on Thursday, April 7 having pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The offence took place on a bus journey between Redruth and Camborne on August 10 of last year, with Mills pleading guilty to the offence last month (March 10).

The court noted that the offence was a "revolting, abhorrent incident" and, due to being a homophobic crime, pushed it into the bracket of a custodial sentence.

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During his sentencing Mills was handed down eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

Mills was also told he would have to have treatment for alcohol dependency by or under the direction of We Are With You for 12 months as well as take part in a "Thinking Skills" programme for 30 days.

He must also take part in rehabilitation activity programme for a maximum of 20 days.

Mills was also made to pay compensation of £200.

The court noted how Mills' guilty plea had been taken into account when imposing the sentence and that it had not ordered costs as priority had been given to compensation.