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Teens accused of kicking gay man to death

Wed 21 Apr 2010 In: International News View at Wayback

Two teenage girls are on trial in London, accused of kicking a 62-year-old gay man to death in Trafalgar Square. The Daily Mail reports Ruby Thomas and Rachael Burke were just 17 when they and friend Joel Alexander, then 18, attacked Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square after an alcohol-fuelled night out. The court has been told they hurled homophobic abuse at Mr Baynham as he walked past them with his partner.  As the 62-year-old confronted the teenagers, Alexander allegedly knocked him unconscious with one blow to the head. The girls are accused of then stamping on his chest and head as he lay helpless on the blood-spattered pavement. He died in hospital three weeks later. Mr Baynham was enjoying an evening out to celebrate getting a new job on September 25 last year. Prosecutor Brian Altman QC say one witness likened the level of violence to a scene from the film A Clockwork Orange, which caused outrage on release over its depiction of a gang of teenagers carrying out orgies of sadistic violence. The three accused have all denied charges of manslaughter.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 21st April 2010 - 7:37am

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