Four jailed in gay killing trial

Matt Sibley | January 23, 2006

Chelsea O'Mahoney, Reece Sargeant, Darren Case, and David Blenman
LONDON — A sixteen year old girl and three men have been jailed 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, Chelsea O'Mahoney, were instead convicted of manslaughter.

Reece Sargeant, Darren Case, and David Blenman, were sentenced to 12 years each on Monday. O'Mahoney was given an 8 year custodial sentence.

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.

Chelsea O'Mahoney, who was fourteen at the time, had kicked Mr Morley's head like a football as he lay on the ground, Mr Horwell told the court.

www.queernetwork.co.ukIssued by Gay Link Content

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