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The mum of murdered teenager Michael Causer has spoken of her mission to raise £1m for a homeless hostel. Marie’s son was brutally killed five years ago. She was touched by the plight of youngsters who said they had run away, rather than tell their parents they were gay, or had been kicked out of the family home because of their sexuality, and she has set out to fund a hostel to provide temporary emergency care for gay and lesbian youngsters at risk of being on the street.
Marie, with husband Mike, set up the Michael Causer Foundation after 18-year-old Michael was killed at a house party in 2008. She said she still can not find it in her heart to forgive those responsible for his death, whom she brands as “evil”.
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Michael Causer, who was training to be a hairdresser, was born on 9 October 1989 and died on 2 August 2008 after being seriously assaulted because of his sexual orientation, in the early hours on the morning after a small house party in Biglands Road, Huyton.
Michael was repeatedly hit with a hardback book thrown at his head during the fatal assault at a house party. He suffered numerous facial fractures and swelling to the brain following an attack described by prosecutors as ‘sustained and brutal.’It was alleged that those at the scene taunted the half-sleeping and naked teen with homophobic insults.
Michael was bleeding heavily from his nose and mouth as he was removed from the house and dumped outside in the street. Michael was beaten so badly a blood clot formed on his brain.
James O’Connor and Gavin Alker were charged with the murder.
Michael Binsteed tried to cover up the attack by helping dump Causer’s body in the street and lied to police claiming he had been the victim of an attack by others. He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Douglas was charged with witness intimidation in relation to the case.
Alker was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.
O’Connor pleaded guilty to murder and was convicted and sentenced to serve life with a minimum of 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.
Binsteed was convicted and sentenced to 34 weeks in custody, suspended for two years.
This post was updated with additional information on 2 August 2017.