A couple has spoken out after suffering years of homophobic abuse from a neighbour who smeared human faeces on their door and ordered prostitutes to their home.
Michael Killackey, 46, said that six of the nine years he and his partner lived in the suburb of Chester Green, Derby, were tainted by relentless torment.
He slammed Derbyshire Police for ‘doing nothing’ about the abuse which only stopped when the female neighbour moved away.
He added that a note was posted through the letterbox one day reading: ‘The cure to AIDS? Kill gay people.’
Mr Killackey described the abuse during a Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel meeting with Derbyshire Police and support services Derbyshire LGBT+ and Disability Direct on February 8.
‘It was just shocking. I didn’t know what to do. I have been subject to the most vile abuse imaginable,’ he said.
‘I’ve been called f***ing paedo scum and even been spat at. I’ve had men sent to my home for sex.
‘A man came to my door and I said “What are you here for?” and he just said “I must have got the wrong address” but saw his phone and noticed he was from an escort site.’
He added that one evening 17 different takeaways were sent to his apartment, none of which he or his partner had ordered.
Mr Killackey criticised police at the meeting, claiming that many of the allegations against his neighbour were dropped.
He told senior officers: ‘You just don’t deal with it. I didn’t know where to go and I had this for six years. So what about others?’
Inspector Rich Buxton said that while he didn’t know Mr Killackey’s case personally, he admitted the police should have done more, adding that their response was ‘disappointing’.
‘It appears that it could have been handled far better, but that’s why we are here today because hate crime is becoming a larger part of what we do,’ he said.
‘We get many more reports of hate and people report it to us. That’s what we’re there for.
‘I accept that hate crime has not been dealt with in the past as it is now but that is changing.’
Allegations of hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community in Derbyshire have increased by 100 per cent since 2013, Derbyshire Live reports.
Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa previously stated that ‘more needed to be done’ tackle the issue in the county.
Mr Killackey, however, praised Derbyshire LGBT+ and said the organisation’s support made him realise he was ‘not alone’ and helped him get through the dark times.
‘I kept being batted away with the excuse of mental health and that the neighbour suffered with mental health issues,’ he said.
‘I fully understand that but why was she living independently and what about my mental health, having to put up with it?
‘I didn’t know where to go and I was sad. But I eventually came to Derbyshire LGBT and spoke to John.
‘It was like my rockets had been refuelled. He helped me and made me realise I wasn’t alone.’
Mr Killackey added that he ‘felt like a new man’ when his abusive neighbour moved away in November.
Another resident from the building claimed on social media today that Mr Killackey’s ‘attacks’ are only scratching the surface of what really went on in the block.
‘Annoymous Ashley’ wrote: ‘I am actually a resident in this building and I can categorically say that this does not portray the full extent of the problems we all experienced.
‘I have lived here since 2012 and we have put up with cannabis, screaming, banging doors, electric being turned off, bomb threats, threats to harm, verbal abuse, countless police turning up.
‘You have no idea the amount of stress this caused the 12 apartments in the building and surrounding people.’