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Moses basket case Bully denies crazed homophobic rant against his ex-pal neighbour... despite guilty plea

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Joseph Moses

Joseph Moses

Joseph Moses

This is foul-mouthed bully Joseph Moses who went ‘biblical’ with a homophobic and sectarian attack on his gay neighbour.

The 53-year-old used shockingly abusive language against his neighbour and his partner, made gun gestures and on one occasion punched his victim in the face.

Even when cops turned up during one episode, the boozed-up Co Tyrone man continued to crack off homophobic taunts including, “You’re the only gay in the village” – a reference to comedy character Daffyd from the BBC sketch show Little Britain.

During one prolonged incident last June, Moses went completely Old Testament on his stunned neighbour with a volley of appalling bigotry including calling him a “f**got”, a “Fenian bastard”, “a bum boy”, “a gay boy” and a “f*****g poof”.

But this week Moses told the Sunday World he hadn’t said any such thing – despite pleading guilty to the charges in court!

When confronted by the Sunday World at his home on the Letfern Road, Seskinore, a somewhat more mild-mannered Moses parted like the Red Sea and invited us in to give his version of events.

“I didn’t say any of those things,” claimed Moses. “The police tricked me. I was arrested on three occasions but it was all untrue.”

Moses confirmed he had once been close pals with his victim, who lives only 60 yards away.

“I used to be best friends with him – we even went on holiday together when we were younger.

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Joseph Moses

Joseph Moses

Joseph Moses

“He now lives in my ancestral home after he inherited it and things between us have just got out of hand.

“But how could I be sectarian when I have three Catholic children and I went to an integrated school?

“And how could I be homophobic when one of my best friends is in a same-sex relationship?”

When asked why he pleaded guilty to charges of harassment and assault of the man and another person if he hadn’t done anything he replied: “I had no choice and I just wanted the whole thing over.”

Asked why police would make up allegations that they had heard him calling his victim “the only gay in the village”, he told the Sunday World: “I don’t know why they made this up but they made the whole thing up.

“Sure they also accused me of calling him ‘raspberry hole’ too”.

Moses also revealed the police had been back out to speak to him this week after a fresh complaint in relation to an allegation of shining bright lights at his neighbour’s property.

“I’m worried this isn’t going to stop. I’m prepared to enter into mediation to get it sorted but the stress has caused me great harm. I’ve been to hospital with chest pains because of all the stress,” he said.

Despite his protestations to this paper, Moses pleaded guilty in court and was handed two four-month suspended jail sentences.

And he was warned he would go to jail if he repeats the behaviour.

The sentences were imposed consecutively, and District Judge Mark McGarrity warned Moses at Omagh Magistrates Court he could be jailed for eight months on top of any new sentence if he appears back before the court within the next three years.

Moses, who used to own a music shop in Omagh, admitted charges of harassment and assault of two victims. He was also ordered to pay them £350 each in compensation.

The court was told that on May 5 last year, Moses called his neighbour a “f**got” and a “gay f**got”. He continued to make homophobic comments and made a “gun gesture” before punching his victim causing a cut to his lip.

Just over a month later on the night of June 14, police received a report that Moses was shouting sectarian and homophobic comments at the neighbour and his partner. The abuse last for about 20 minutes. Police officers who arrived at the scene heard him shouting obscenities and insults including “you’re the only gay in the village”.

During police interview, he answered “no comment” to some of the questions and denied making homophobic comments.

Defence solicitor Michael Fahy said there had been a “strong bond” between the two neighbouring families who lived peacefully for decades.

He added that it was hard to understand why his client behaved in such a fashion last year and that he had not come to police attention for a decade before the incidents.

Mr Fahy added: “It was in the middle of the pandemic and no doubt alcohol was a factor in the derogatory and negative comments. There has been nothing since and both parties live within 60 metres of each other.

“It is not permissible or acceptable to make such comments. He accepts his guilt in the matter and is keen to have closure and move on. He has deep regret and remorse for his behaviour. It is unlikely he will be back in court and wants to move on with his life.”

Judge McGarrity said that by admitting the offences, Moses had spared his victims the prospect of giving evidence in court. He added that the pre-sentence report indicated the defendant’s remorse was genuine.

The judge also imposed restraining orders in the case of both injured parties and warned Moses he faces custody if he breaches the orders.

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