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Woman jailed for gay couple abuse

A mother has been jailed and her daughter given a community order after being found guilty of harassing a gay couple in Kent.

Karen Reeves, 44, was sentenced to 150 days in prison and Christie Myles, 22, was given a 24-month supervision order.

Canterbury magistrates heard the pair, both of The Halt, Whitstable, carried out a campaign of hate between 13 March and 17 May 2007.

They called the men names and Reeves drove her car at one of them.

Reeves and Myles were sentenced following a four-day trial in April.

'Showed no remorse'

The court was told that the pair began abusing Michael Harris and Shires Crichton, of Kingston, Kent, when both men sided with another neighbour in an ongoing dispute.

During the sentencing, the chairman of the magistrates told Reeves: "Although there was no evidence of violence, the psychological effect on the victims has been far reaching.

"In your case there are strong aggravating factors. Those factors are that you made homophobic gestures and remarks over an extended period and you showed no remorse."

He conceded that Myles had been influenced by her mother and played a junior role in the abuse.

Reeves and Myles were also made the subject of a restraining order banning them from the village of Kingston for five years and having any contact with Mr Harris and Mr Crighton.

The pair's defence team said it would be appealing against the sentence.

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