Two men pleaded
guilty on Friday to murdering a gay barman in a
homophobic attack as he walked home through a park in
London, the Reuters news agency reports. Thomas
Pickford, a 25-year-old unemployed man, and
33-year-old decorator Scott Walker pleaded guilty at the Old
Bailey to murdering Jody Dobrowski in October 2005.
Pickford and Walker, who had previously denied
committing the murder, face life sentences when they
are sentenced on June 16.
24-year-old assistant manager at Jongleurs in Camden, north
London, was punched and kicked to death as he walked home
across Clapham Common on October 14 last year after an
evening out with friends. He was discovered
unconscious and later died in the hospital.
Crispin Aylett said that the minimum term the two men should
serve for the "appalling attack" should be 30 years behind
bars. The court heard that during the assault, the
killers stuffed Dobrowski's shoe into his mouth and
passers-by reportedly heard them screaming gay insults
as they beat him to death.
He died from
head, neck, and facial injuries which were so serious that
his family did not recognize him and he could only be
identified from his fingerprints. Aylett told the
court: "These two men were involved in a premeditated
plan to attack a gay man." Aylett said an eyewitness
had tried to help Dobrowski but that Pickford stopped
beating his victim for as long as it took to prevent
him from intervening. (Reuters)