14/08/2014 12:59 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Homophobic Mum Punched Son When He Revealed He Was Gay


A homophobic mum punched her son in the face after he came out as gay at a family party.

Mother-of-10 Emma Green, 37, called her oldest son Scott 'a dirty queer' when he told her he was in a relationship with another man.

The party turned into a brawl and police were called – then the abusive mum punched her son.

At Perth Sheriff Court, Green admitted carrying out an assault aggravated by sexual prejudice outside the family home in Kinross.

She was ordered to pay £100 to her son – whose age wasn't given - and was fined £200.

Fiscal depute Lisa Marshall told the court: "The complainer is the accused's son who had recently disclosed to friends and family that he was in a relationship with another male.

"This caused friction in the family and particularly with the accused. On the Saturday evening there was a gathering at the Ross Street property.

"The accused, the complainer and various other people were in attendance. Drink was taken and over the course of the evening she was calling her son a p**f and a gay b******.

"The complainer ended up in the street being arrested by police in connection with an assault matter. As he was being arrested the accused approached her son and punched him to the head."

She then continued to verbally abuse her son as police told her she was under arrest.

She replied: "I'm homophobic. I don't care - I hate the little gay b*****d."

Solicitor John Adams, defending, said: "My client is 37 and a mother of 10 children. The complainer is the eldest son and this incident came about when the family had been at a party together.

"Her son had been acting up against other members of the family and associates of the family. They were all taking alcohol and there was an incident with her son.

"She took umbrage at his actions and reacted in anger. She certainly isn't proud of her actions. She was motivated by his sexual orientation.

"But the position in the report suggests she has reacted more in anger. That has not got a bearing on their relationship now. There is no ongoing ill-feeling between them."

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis noted that the assault allegations against Scott Green were dropped by the Crown after the witnesses failed to give evidence against him at a trial.

He said: "It is an inter-familial assault. If she hadn't been so stupid as to strike her son when he was being held by police officers, nine times out of ten this wouldn't have seen the light of day.

"You can't act in this way and it was added to by the fact it was prejudiced."