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London Woman Guilty of Killing Gay Man

London Woman Guilty of Killing Gay Man


A court in London found an 18-year-old woman guilty of manslaughter in an alcohol-fueled antigay attack last year that resulted in the death of the victim 18 days later.

According to the New York Post, "Former public schoolgirl Ruby Thomas was convicted of the manslaughter of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who died 18 days after the drink-fuelled assault in London's Trafalgar Square."

The attack on Baynham and Philip Brown in September 2009 was perpetrated by Thomas and two other teens, Joel Alexander and Rachael Burke. They shouted antigay slurs as Alexander knocked Baynham to the ground and caused a severe brain injury.

The Post reported that prosecutor Brian Altman said, "There is evidence that the female defendants then began putting the boot into Mr Baynham, who was still prone on his back, clearly unconscious and in distress."

"He said the girls were 'fuelled by copious amounts of alcohol' and one witness likened the attack to a scene from the film A Clockwork Orange."

Thomas and Alexander, who also was convicted of manslaughter, will be sentenced in the new year.

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