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Teen: 7 Years in Prison for Gay Manslaughter

Teen: 7 Years in Prison for Gay Manslaughter


A 19-year-old in London was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for manslaughter, stemming from an attack on a gay civil servant.

Ian Baynham, 62, was attacked by Ruby Thomas, 19, and Rachel Burke (pictured), 18 in London's Trafalgar Square in September 2009. Thomas screamed homophobic slurs at Baynham after another teenager, Joel Alexander, knocked him to the ground, the Press Association reports. Then the women kicked Baynham repeatedly.

Baynham died 18 days after the attack. Police found his blood on Thomas's bag and shoes.

Burke was given a two-year sentence during an earlier trial. Judge Richard Hawkins, who called the attack "mindless" and "drink-fueled," increased Thomas's sentence from six years to seven years because of her use of homophobic slurs.

"You, Ruby Thomas, started the matter," the judge said. "You have a previous conviction for drunken loutish behaviour and you have demonstrated hostility towards Ian Baynham based upon his sexual orientation or presumed sexual orientation."

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