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Teenager escapes jail after homophobic attack

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  1. Nice boy. I bet his parents are proud of him.

  2. Mihangel apYrs 19 Oct 2009, 8:36pm

    let’s hope he takes this chance and learns, otherwise next time he will be put away and learn what it’s like to be a little man in a dangerous place.

    A very nasty expereince for the victims though; I hope they can accept the sentence

  3. Jeff Duncan 19 Oct 2009, 8:39pm

    and if this was someone Asian or Black being set upon would the judge have handed out probation? … i think not.

    Double standards – less protection if you are Gay and beaten up. Labour good for gay rights – hmm perhaps – but crap for solid, consistent sentencing!

  4. Pumpkin Pie 19 Oct 2009, 9:08pm

    Treatment was a good idea, but people who commit violent crimes should never get suspended sentences.

  5. Jeff, I fear you are right. Mihal, I agree with you, too. My first post was a little tongue in cheek, but there are obviously so many serious sides to this. An 18 year old with an alcholism problem for a start! I know it happens, but heavens above, it shouldn’t! Where to begin addressing that social problem! And then there’s the terrifying thought that the ‘next time’ Mihal speaks of, somebody could be even more seriously hurt by the nasty little ratbag. Even worse if ‘next time’ is within his 12 months probation when he might have been safely behind bars.

  6. John (Derbyshire) 19 Oct 2009, 10:29pm

    I bet he was laughing all over his face when he left that court-thinking the judge agreed with his reaction to the gay couple-and vowing in his mind to go back and really do them over next time.
    Gary Burrell ought to be ashamed of his homophobic nature.He is colluding with this guy!

  7. Eagle Ashcroft 19 Oct 2009, 10:37pm

    The judge is as guilty as the perpetrator for not charging him for assault and aggravated battery as alcoholism has nothing to do with this case. When election time comes around they need to make sure this judge does not get reelected back into office.

  8. This is distrubing . . . and simply not on.

    Assualt is assualt and not a lesser assualt when the victim is gay.

    . . . one can now find a link between the term Gay and how it has begun to represent any thing lame and ineffectual in young peoples minds . . . and in this case sadly and disturbing in the Judges mind as well.

  9. Eagle, in the UK judges are not elected. Once they are appointed by the Crown, they remain judges until they retire or unless they commit some misdemeanour that requires them to step down.

  10. “…in order to deal with his alcoholism….”
    And his own, similar orientation, as well, hopefully, and very probably.

  11. J.L. Barnes 20 Oct 2009, 1:23am

    Why are we always get the short end of the judicial stick? You’d think treating his alcoholism would make him less inclined to attack other gay people in the future?! Yeah, right…

  12. Let off jail because of a drink problem? Give me a break. No better place to resolve a drink problem than in an alcohol free environment as a prison. Yet again, sending the message that attacking gay people is a lesser crime.

  13. I’m sure he will be more careful next time.
    More careful not to get caught!

  14. I can see some logic in alcoholism rehabilitation being added to the sentence, but not reducing it.

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