Sounds like a really nasty piece of work for someone that young.
Yes, also sounds like he got off lightly.. The CPS obviously went for lesser charges as being easier to prove… It should have been attempted murder.. (On the basis of what did you INTEND to do by turning on the gas, then returning and trying to stab someone?)
The courts need to send out a perfectly clear message. Gay people are NOT an ‘easy-mark’ for robberies and violence. This lad was of legal age and if he didn’t want to sleep with the guy, then he should not have done so.
Not content with his murderous intentions, the lad then ‘phones the Police’ and reports him for rape and attempted murder! The lad is obviously a sicko and should have got ten years!
Just looked at the report on the Cumbrian News Website – they state – “Defence barrister Kim Whittlestone said Harding had had “an extremely difficult up bringing” and had been passed “from pillar to post over the last eight years”.
He was struggling with his sexuality and had tried to kill himself at least three times, she said.
Sounds like this poor kid is a victim as well, we shouldn’t be locking up people who are in such a terrible state – we need to build proper decent asylums.
Julian, you should read the story of the life of David Morley, kicked to death by a group of kids on the South Bank having survived the bombing of the Admiral Duncan.
David, like the little thug in this case, had a terrible start in life having been bought up in the care system, and having watched a documentary about his like in comparison, his beginnings were no better than any of a number of young people the defense of ‘a poor start in life’ is used to justify appalling crimes.
Only difference of course was that he developed into a warm, compasionate, caring, hard-working and generous person, unlike those who took his life from him.
There is no excuse for attempting to murder someone …. ever
@ Julian “Sounds like this poor kid is a victim as well,” Well, I’m sure that is a great comfort to his victim.
I repeat, whatever ‘his upbringing’, the courts need to send out a clear message that gay people are NOT easy-marks for violence, robbery, blackmail or attempted murder…
@Sister Mary Clarence… “There is no excuse for attempting to murder someone …. ever”
I am 19 years old and I am currently seeing a guy who is 40, I would never dream of doing something like this to my bloke, this kid should be locked up regardless of his past. It is attempted murder at the end of the day.
You guys can debate the merits of this story all you want. All I really want to know is why the ages were thought to be relevant to anything in the story?
@ Rahman “This is bizzar case. I feel sorry for the unfortunate youth to get in such troubles because of one debased pederast.”
This ‘unfortunate youth’ got into ‘such troubles’ because he is legally an adult and he tried to murder a guy.. At 18, he is fully free and able to make his own life choices.. He can choose to sleep with another male, of any age….(as he did). He then chose to try and murder the guy.. (which he did). …and will now be paying for that choice. He’s just bloody lucky he did’nt kill the guy… (Though it was not for the want of trying it seems!)
…and ‘Rahman’, might I suggest you are reading the wrong publication? (or maybe you are also ‘confused’ about your sexuality also?)
Rahman is a troll, if ever I saw one. Best ignore him.