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News: UK

Fri 10 Jun, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


The company was aware that they had a gay manager there but it didn't think about the impact this experience may have on me

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A gay charity worker has revealed that he was forced to work with a man convicted for killing a gay man who winked at him.

Patrick Gillan, 55, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, spoke of the moment he found out about his collegues brutal past.

The charity worker, who was a manager for day services for a project in the area, was approached by the prisoner volunteering when he then informed him of hic conviction, leaving Gillan "shaken to the core".

The Kent Courier reports: "I was trying not to close my eyes in case he thought I was winking at him.

It was a horrific experience."

"He would have known that I was gay. I was shocked that I was in such close proximity with somebody who had a committed a homophobic killing.”

"He said the reason was that the guy had winked at him.
"I had not been informed I was working with somebody who had committed a crime like this."

The charity worker has since left the organisation after making a complaint about the situation he was in.

"Risk assessments had been completed so from the company's point of view there was not a problem.

"The company was aware that they had a gay manager there but it didn't think about the impact this experience may have on me."

According to the paper, Pepenbury refused to comment as an organisation but HR manager Linsa Stymest reportedly said: The prison completes risk assessments and also provides Pepenbury with a letter from the deputy governor/senior manager confirming that the person concerned is considered a low risk to vulnerable adults.

"We are confident that the checks and procedures undertaken by Pepenbury prior to the decision being made to bring any volunteer from Blantyre on site are sufficient to ensure the safety of the service users and members of staff."

 

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