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UK student receives life sentence for gay murder


Danny McCoy | August 10, 2005

Rod Hall
LONDON — A 22-year-old student has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of Rod Hall, one of Britain's top literary agents who represented clients such as Oscar nominee Simon Beaufoy, the author of The Full Monty and Lee Hall, the author of Billy Elliot.

Hall, who was openly gay, was found dead in his flat in May 2004 after being stabbed more than 20 times, according to police reports.

Edinburgh University student Usman Durrani, 22, was found guilty on Monday. The prosecution argued that Durrani was a former lover of Hall's who became bitter after the relationship ended.

�Mr Hall was killed out of anger and revenge which had festered over time,� prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee said. �Mr Hall was a gentle, caring and mild mannered man who was professionally very successful.�

The jury found Durrani guilty of murder after dismissing defense attorney�s claims that he was mentally ill at the time of the attack.

�It is clear there was a homosexual sadomasochistic element to this offence,� the judge said. �There was also an element of mental and physical suffering and goading before the fatal stabbing.� – Gay Link Content


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