|Four found guilty of Chiswick barman's killing|
Manslaughter verdict dismays gay community
Four members of the gang, who went on a late night spree of violence for pleasure, have been convicted of killing Birdcage barman David Morely.
The gang, which comprised mainly of teenagers, attacked strangers at random and even filmed some of their victims on a mobile phone.
Reece Sargeant aged 21, Darren Case aged 18, a youth (who cannot be named) aged 17, and the girl who also cannot being named and is now aged 15, were convicted at the Old Bailey. The four were cleared of murder by being found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Campaigner Peter Tatchell has said these people will be shocked that the beating Morley suffered did not lead to a murder ruling. "Many people in the gay community will be dismayed by these verdicts," he said.
"David's killing resulted from a premeditated attack, where the assailants used pre-arranged code words to launch their assault. They must have known that their extreme violence was likely to cause serious and potentially fatal injuries.” he added.
Case, Sargeant, the girl and the 17-year-old, who were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, were remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 23rd.
December 16, 2005