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Over the years Gay Activist has covered many homophobic crimes but the death of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square, central London just before Christmas 2009 has become one of the best known and most violently homophobic cases experienced in the UK, even worse because his death was so pointless.
Two teenagers killed Ian because of his sexuality in a scene reminiscent of the film A Clockwork Orange. Ruby Thomas and Rachael Burke were just 17 when they and friend Joel Alexander, then 18, attacked civil servant Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square after an alcohol-fuelled night out. They hurled homophobic abuse as the openly gay 62-year-old walked past them with his partner. They then fled the scene, were picked up on a CCTV camera laughing about the matter, and boasted of the incident on Facebook.
Mr Baynham was rushed to hospital and died of his injuries later.
Thomas had a previous record for violence. She was just 15 when she assaulted a bus driver in Northumberland Avenue in December 2007, a short walk from where the attack on Mr Baynham took place.
There is a full account including some pictures used in evidence here. It does not make pleasant reading.
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Joel Alexander, 20, was jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey on 26 January 2011.
Ruby Thomas, 19, was jailed for for six years at the Old Bailey on 26 January 2011.
Rachael Burke, 19, was found guilty of affray and sentenced at an earlier hearing.