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05:46 | 20th August 2017

News: UK

Tue 20 Apr, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


That did not suffice. There is evidence that the female defendants then began putting the boot into Mr Baynham, who was still prone on his back, clearly unconscious and in distress

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A gay man was attacked and died after being subjected to homophobic taunts in Trafalgar Square, the Old Bailey heard.

Ian Baynham, 62, died from a brain injury 18 days after being being punched to the ground on September 25 last year.

He was confronted by two teenage girls outside South Africa House after they had been drinking, said Brian Altman, prosecuting.

Mr Baynham, who was openly gay, was with his friend Philip Brown and they were called "f****** faggots", it was alleged.



After a confrontation, a youth who was with the girls punched Mr Baynham to the ground, where the females kicked and stamped on him "like a scene from Clockwork Orange", the jury was told.

Mr Altman said a confrontation between Thomas and the victim escalated when he slapped her friend Burke. Alexander then felled Mr Baynham with such force that he hit the back of his head on the pavement and became unconscious, he said.

He added: "That did not suffice. There is evidence that the female defendants then began putting the boot into Mr Baynham, who was still prone on his back, clearly unconscious and in distress."

Mr Altman said Burke repeatedly punched Mr Brown in the face when he tried to stop her running into an Underground station nearby.

Joel Alexander, 19, of Thornton Heath, south London, Rachel Burke, 18, of Three Oaks, East Sussex, and Ruby Thomas, 18, of Lichfield, Staffs, deny manslaughter.

The trial was adjourned to Tuesday.

Source: PA
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