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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Thursday, 1 July 2004

Teenage 'gay bashers' and murderers jailed in Belfast

Northern Ireland has a poor reputation for violence against gays and today two thugs who beat up and murdered a gay man in September 2002 were sentenced to 13 and 14 years respectively. Both were young when they killed their victim, Ian Flanagan (who was 30 at the time of the killing), but it is the younger of the two, Trevor Peel (also known as Newton) who is still only 16, who received the longer sentence in order, in the words of Belfast Crown Court judge Mr Justice Coghlin:

"to reflect my clear view that you were the one responsible for the initiation of this enterprise, that you armed yourself in preparation and changed weapons when you thought the knife was ineffective and that you inflicted the most vicious and unremitting element of the violence visited upon the deceased".

Truly sickening, but at least these two have not got away with their crime.

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