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News: UK

Thu 27 Jan, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


This was a case of mindless drink-fuelled violence committed in public

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A former public schoolgirl who kicked and stamped on a gay civil servant during a deadly homophobic attack in London has been jailed for seven years for his manslaughter.

Ruby Thomas, 19, hurled obscene abuse at 62-year-old Ian Baynham during the drink-fuelled assault in London's Trafalgar Square in September 2009.

Mr Baynham died 18 days later in hospital. Police found his blood smeared on Thomas's handbag and the ballet pumps she was wearing as she kicked him.



The Old Bailey heard how she screamed "f****** faggots", and smiled as she "put the boot into" Mr Baynham after he was knocked to the ground by another teenager, Joel Alexander.

Thomas's ex-boyfriend Declan Seavers told the court that the teenager, of Anerley, south east London, was "not the type of girl" to have done it.

But jurors did not agree and convicted her of manslaughter, along with Alexander, 20, of Thornton Heath, south east London, at the end of their trial last month.

Alexander was jailed for six years while 18-year-old Rachael Burke, of Upper Norwood, south east London, was given a two-year sentence after being found guilty of affray at an earlier trial.

Judge Richard Hawkins increased Thomas's sentence from six years to seven years because of the homophobic nature of the attack. He said: "This was a case of mindless drink-fuelled violence committed in public."

Thomas turned and looked up towards supporters in the public gallery as she was led down from the dock to begin her sentence. The judge blamed her for sparking the violence that led to Mr Baynham's death, although it was not her kicks that killed him.

He said: "You, Ruby Thomas, started the matter. You have a previous conviction for drunken loutish behaviour and you have demonstrated hostility towards Ian Baynham based upon his sexual orientation or presumed sexual orientation." It was not suggested that Alexander's actions had anything to do with the victim being gay.

 

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