This shocking CCTV footage shows a catalogue of harassment caught on camera by the victim of the abuse.
The victim, who was a gay man, refused to be intimidated when Shaun Gallagher took pictures of his bedroom from outside, and then banged on his door and yelled hate-filled language in the middle of the night.
He handed the CCTV footage of the incidents to police and it was later used in court to convict the man.
The first section of footage shows Shaun Gallagher outside taking pictures of the victim’s bedroom in the middle of the night.
Subsequent CCTV shows Gallagher outside his victim’s flat shouting abuse, again in the middle of the night.
Speaking to the Lancaster Guardian, the victim told how on three occasions in the middle of the night he was woken by banging on his door and shouting.
He said: “At 2am on the first occasion there was a banging on my door and he said: “I want to talk to you, you ***** poof.
“The police came out but they couldn’t get him.
“Three days later they started an investigation.
“Then again it was a similar thing at 3.30am, banging on the door.
“On the third occasion he banged on my door inside and went outside and was taking photos of my bedroom.
“He was shouting ‘Come out and fight me you poof.’
“Two days later he was charged.”
Gallagher, 49, of Skerton House, Lancaster, was found guilty of harassment on three occasions.
He was given a community order with 12 week curfew and a restraining order.
He was also ordered to pay court costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £60.
Hate crimes can be reported to police on 101 and and at www.lancashire.police.uk.