The victim told the Liverpool Echo: “I knew little would be done against him because of his age.”
Age has nothing to do with it. He was old enough to know what he was doing, therefore he should face the consequences. Being punched by a 14 year old is no different to being punched by a 24 year old. It still causes physical harm. And not being named because of his age is a farce. He pleaded guilty – name and shame.
More education is needed to teach people who are ignorant or under achievers about the LGBT Community and to leave us alone – they also need to be taught about the consequences of their actions. I feel that the judgement was not strong enough and may open the way to more abuse of gays. The entire gang should have been rounded up. This is a very good reflection on the state of the community and what little is being done to prevent this sort of thing happening again. Everyone in that community is responsible for the assault directly or indirectly. It is time the local authorities woke up and took a more positive attitude and action towards the gay community.
“…the boy had been part of a seven-strong gang which hurled homophobic abuse at the 19-year-old student and punched him in the face”
It took SEVEN of them???? How brave these inbred thugs are that they needs such large numbers against one individual…
Right on, Will.
Gangs thrive on music, so ban murder music:
They’re cowards. Part of the punishment should have been for the perpetrators to be forced to pay for any facial reconstruction surgery that the victim needed as a result of their attack. If they are too young to go out and earn any money to pay this compensation, then a sufficient amount of their belongings should be taken off them – i.e. ipods, XBox’s, Wii’s, designer clothes etc. in order to raise the necessary cash.
“Part of the punishment should have been for the perpetrators to be forced to pay for any facial reconstruction surgery that the victim needed as a result of their attack.”
And the rest should be working in some gay outreach program to see how they actions damage lives.
Then again, if this is how a person is at 14, then I don’t hold much faith that in ten years time they’ll be anything more then a waste of cells consuming resources.
Will @ 6 -
“…And the rest should be working in some gay outreach program to see how they actions damage lives.”
While I appreciate the sentiment, in my experience the type of lowlife who beat up gay people who were just minding their own business in the street are more likely to gloat over the damage they do than become overcome with remorse when confronted with their victims.
The only regret most of them have is getting arrested in the first place.
We may think we can legislate against homophobia,or any other ‘hate crime’ but the sad fact is we simply cannot stamp it out!How do we deal with these young people who think it’s ok to abuse and physically attack another human who happens to be ‘different’?Do we lock ‘em up and throw away the key?!How defeatest of us as a society!Do we strive to educate these youngsters about the differences in all of us? At what age do we try to include young people into the wonders of diversity?Better yet,do we ‘blame the parents’?!And that other classic,’will lessons be learned’?!I’d love someone to give me the answers,lol!
Insufficient evidence for ANY charge? That’s absoutely bloody pathetic. If you were part of a group of people which was responsible for hurling abuse at and assaulting somebody, then you should be seen as an accomplice. Every single one of them who was proven to be part of that crowd should have been charged with aiding and abetting at the very, very least. Seems to me the CPS just don’t really give a damn.
education would help plus so would opposing the homophobia of religions and ‘comedians’
Law enforcement wouldn’t hurt either.
The Crown should have made a deal with the lad who plead guilty so he would testify againse the others involved in this attack.
Yes, and the deal should have been one of “Turn them in and you’ll get 5 yrs- Don’t turn them in and you’ll get ten yrs”
Better yet, bring back the “Birch” for these thugs, they seem to like violence so much, let’s see how they like it when THEY are the targets of it !!