UK four guilty of gay killing
Matt Sibley | December 15, 2005
LONDON — A fourteen year old girl and three men have been convicted of the manslaughter of a gay man and seven other separate attacks. But the four, and two 17-year-olds were cleared of murdering David Morley on London's South Bank last October.
Barry Lee, 20, Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, two 17-year-old boys and a girl, aged 14, were instead convicted of manslaughter.
The teenage girl recorded the attack on her mobile phone. The video showed her asking David Morley, who had survived the anti-gay attack on the Admiral Duncan bar in 1999, to "pose for the camera" as the gang jumped on him and his friend. Morley suffered serious head injuries in the attack and later died in hospital.
Prosecutor Richard Horwell told the Old Bailey in London they were seeking violence for its own sake.
The 14-year-old girl, who cannot named for legal reasons, had kicked Mr Morley's head like a football as he lay on the ground, Mr Horwell told the court.
They are to be sentenced at a later date.
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