The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Enough is Enough! Action Against Homophobia campaign’s comment on today’s verdicts in the Ian Baynham case at the Old Bailey.
Joel Alexander, found guilty of manslaughter. Ruby Thomas, found guilty of manslaughter. Rachel Burke, found guilty of affray.
Paul Martin, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation said, “This is a hugely important result, but it is still greatly upsetting that we live in a society where these crimes are still happening and that Ian Baynham is no longer with us.
The three accused of attacking Mr Baynham were still teenagers at the time of the attack, not long out of the UK education system, highlighting the work that needs to be done in all schools, other young peoples’ settings and throughout society to change attitudes, promote understanding and challenge homophobia.
The three teenagers were involved in the most heinous of attacks on Ian Baynham, which all started with homophobic abuse. But today’s ruling sends out an important message, that prejudice won’t be tolerated, that homophobic hate crimes are treated seriously and that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should have the confidence to report hate crimes.
Our thoughts are with Ian’s family and friends.”