(Note: Please see "NB/" at end)
Damien Brutus has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal torture and murder of Peter Greenfield, 44, at his flat in Croydon (south London). Mr Greenfield was a gay man and the manner of his murder, and the brutality of the torture which led directly to it, leaves no doubt at all, none, that this was a most despicable homophobic hate crime. Naturally the perpetrator has pleaded mental illness. Whether there is any validity to this claim or not, or whether Brutus is simply an evil brute, I am not competent to judge. Nevertheless I hope that in his case 'life' does mean life and that he will never be considered for parole - but in this country one can, unfortunately never be sure.
When I last wrote about this murder last December, I remarked, as I had before too, that I had seen or heard no mention of it in the mainstream media, but only in the gay media and a very local newspaper in south London (on the web, of course). This remains the case to this day. It is extremely curious that this brutal slaying has not been mentioned once, not once, in the mainstream media. Today I have noticed articles about several other murders in the UK News section of the BBC website; it is not as if they ingore all murders. If it has been mentioned anywhere, and I have missed it, I shall be glad to know of it so I can set the record straight. I think the seeming studied indifference to this crime in the mainstream media is more indicative than any words can be of the distance we still have to travel in this country before gays are recognised as being a worthwhile segment of society, rather than simply people whom it is necessary to tolerate. At least justice has been served in this case - the nature of the crime was so blatant that it would have been difficult not to see it for what it is.
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