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Scotland: Teenage killer of gay barman Stuart Walker jailed for 12 years

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  1. This sentence is an absolute joke!

  2. Compare THAT to the sent sentence the gay hairdresser received for stabbing a person with a pair of scissors as a result of homophobic taunts!

    1. It’s certainly a very unpleasant contrast.

  3. Jesus moran 6 Dec 2012, 1:08pm

    Absolutely I agree with you two , he killed a man with premeditation she should have received a longer sentence !

  4. So the – clearly mentally disturbed – killer will be out by the time he’s 32? Good heavens. I try to avoid the Mail-reader-like “The system is a joke” reaction, but it does seem a bizarrely moderate sentence for such a horrendous crime.

  5. 10 years for murdering someone? Then 2 years extra for setting the body on fire? What a joke. He should be in a mental asylum for a long time.

  6. The facts of the murder (a senseless act, the duration, the bizarre burning of Mr. Walker’s body) tells me Esquierdo is insane (political correctness aside), and should be committed indefinitely to a secure psychiatric hospital, not jailed.

  7. ‘FLASHBACKS’? ‘ABUSED AS A CHILD’?? Oh poor guy.. He must’ve really suffered at the hands of this evil, venom blooded homosexual. CUUUUUUUUUUUUU*@T!!! This is an absolute joke!!! WWWTTTFFFFF!!!!

  8. Nick Davis 6 Dec 2012, 1:34pm

    What do you expect? The judiciary see us as second class citizens!!

  9. Also interesting that we’re told the killer suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but we’re not told why or as a result of what.

    1. It’s suggested it was as a result of being abused as a child. It says that here:

      I found this sentence shocking: “Esquierdo subjected the 28 year-old to “extreme and explosive violence” after the pair had a consensual sexual encounter. ”

      Esquierdo sounds out of control for whatever reason. I hope his sentence includes any necessary psychiatric treatment. He shouldn’t be freed until it’s guaranteed that he’s not going to explode like that ever again.

      1. Thanks Iris – I must admit I didn’t realise PTSD could apply to adults who’d been abused as a child, I’ve only come across the term in the context of people who’ve recently been in war zones and that sort of thing.

        Esquierdo sounds as though he should be in some secure psychiatric unit rather than prison.

  10. It’s a disgrace! The ‘gay-panic’ defence again…..

  11. Esquierdo should be committed to a psychiatric hospital as a few people here have said, clearly he is mentally ill and should only be released if it is beyond any reasonable doubt that he poses no threat to the public. Very tragic story, especially considering the victim was trying to help somebody who has serious issues.

  12. Will pray for his early release. He will hopefully be out within 6 months.

  13. 12 years for a brutal murder like that?! Insane or not he needs to be shut away for the rest of his days.

  14. GingerlyColors 6 Dec 2012, 5:07pm

    Confused sexuality? We are not confused about our sexualities, for a start I am gay – no confusion about that! 12 years? The article states that Esquierdo was sentenced to a total of 12 years – that means that he will be out when he is 26 if he keeps his nose clean while in prison and not 32 as Rehan stated here.

  15. It’s not spelled out but this reeks of the ‘gay panic’ defense. I suspect that if this nutcase had killed somebody in a context unrelated to gay sexuality he would have been dealt with far more severely.

    1. This so-called ‘panic’ defence wasn’t used in this case as there was no provocation.

  16. mickie_newton 6 Dec 2012, 9:29pm

    “diminished responsibility” and “suffering flashbacks”! And they proved this how?!

    Frankly this is appalling!!!

    1. I know it’s fucking stupid!

  17. …it’s a very sad and sickening situation that we still have to face, until everyone allows anyone to have homosexual experiences without judging them. I cannot believe we are still living in the dark ages. Even when people say the whole thing is much better then it was. Poppycock!

  18. Shame on the judge and the courts for this injustice!!!

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