Mike and Marie Causer | Liverpool Echo | 14241
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”.
Michael Causer | Michael Causer Foundation | 14242
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. 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 was convicted and sentenced to serve life with a minimum of 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole after pleading guilty to murder. Michael Binsteed was convicted and sentenced to 34 weeks in custody, suspended for two years.