Teenager jailed for killing gay man
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Thursday 27 January 2011
A former public schoolgirl who kicked and stamped on a gay civil servant during a deadly homophobic attack 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. He died 18 days later. Police found his blood on Thomas's handbag and ballet pumps.
The Old Bailey heard how she screamed "fucking faggots", and smiled as she "put the boot into" Mr Baynham after he was knocked to the ground by another teenager, Joel Alexander, from Thornton Heath, south London. Thomas, of Crystal Palace, was convicted of manslaughter, along with Alexander, 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 for affray at an earlier trial. Judge Richard Hawkins increased Thomas's sentence from six to seven years because the attack was homophobic.
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