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Facebook tribute to murdered Liverpool teen disappears

Jessica Geen July 13, 2009
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A Facebook page dedicated to Michael Causer, the gay Liverpool teenager who was murdered last summer, has been removed without explanation.

The group had almost 7,000 members and hundreds of tribute to Michael, who was beaten to death.

Michael’s mother Marie Causer told “We don’t know why it has gone. My nephew Christopher, who set it up, was told by Facebook it broke their terms and conditions but we don’t know how.

“It was full of beautiful messages for Michael and for us. It’s so sad, especially when it had so many photos of Michael and it’s coming up to the first anniversary of his death.”

She added that the family had contacted Facebook to have it put back up but as yet, it has not reappeared.

Local group Liverpool Gay Quarter are campaiging to have the page reinstated. They have asked supporters to email Facebook to complain.

In the meantime, those wishing to send their thoughts to the Causer family can join a new group here. has contacted Facebook but at the time of publication, a response had not been received.

Last month, the Court of Appeal declined to impose a custodial sentence on a teenager who lied to police about his involvement in the incidents that led to Michael’s death.

Michael Binsteed was given a suspended sentence and community service for perverting the cause of justice.

Gavin Alker, who admitted he had beaten Michael but said he acted in self-defence, was cleared of the murder.

James O’Connor pleaded guilty to Michael’s murder and was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison.

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