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murdered by homophobes

murdered by homophobes
Originally uploaded by Jeremy Dennis.
If you've never felt it, it's hard to explain how it is to have someone wanting to kill you just because of what (they perceive that) you are. Faced with that level of hate, what is there to do?

There have been a bunch of rampages in the news over the past week or so -- probably some new and spectacularly nasty drug mix doing the rounds -- but none so horrible as the teenaged gang (four boys and two girls) who started on the people leaving Heaven and worked their way down the South Bank, targeting fags, the french, anyone else who pissed them off.

As you've probably guessed from the flowers, somebody died; a guy called David Morley who was chatting with mates on the South Bank, which (frankly) is just something you do. I was doing it last night. It's a nice place; populated, friendly, great views, and any time of day and night there's enough skaters and graffiti artists about you won't feel lonely. On the way to see my sister, we walked past the pile of flowers and candles. I tried photographing that, but ... I don't know, I'm not so good with expressions of grief.

I photographed a couple of withered flowers on a bench nearby, instead (Guardian Unlimited says that was where he was chatting to friends), feeling very angry. Even though I knew they'd caught the people responsible, and that these peoples' lives were now effectively over; I was angry because they had expected that beating someone up wouldn't matter, wouldn't have any consequences.

Ten to one their defence will be, "but I didn't mean to..."

... and the worst of it is, some fucking jury might even let them off for that.


9th Nov, 2004 04:00 (UTC)
well, of the four boys
one's 17, one's 19, and the other two are 16. But (under UK law) youths can be tried and found guilty of murder, they go into young offender institutions. The 19-year old will be tried as an adult. No word yet on the girls.
9th Nov, 2004 06:24 (UTC)
Re: well, of the four boys
A problem can arise in trials like this where it can't always be identified which individuals were specifically responsible for the death. And they will all try and blame each other, and the verdicts have to be beyond all reasonable doubt etc - I'd be very surprised to see a murder conviction.

I can't put into words how angry and upset I feel about this murder.
9th Nov, 2004 08:55 (UTC)
or they all refuse to admit to it,
or they all tell different stories, which amounts to the same. It's a well-known dodge among young people looking to evade blame ...

However, the presence of witnesses (and there is at least one witness) makes this game a lot harder to play. I'd be surprised to see six murder convictions. But I think we'll see some convictions for something.