'Clockwork Orange Killers Stomped Gay Londoner to Death'
Teen girls on trial for homophobic attack
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 4:27 AM CDT
Rachel Burke and Ruby Thomas are seen on CCTV prior to the attack in London's Trafalgar Square.   (Metropolitan Police)

(Newser) – Two teenage girls and a male accomplice are on trial for a brutal attack on a gay man that witnesses compared to a scene from the horrifically violent film Clockwork Orange. Prosecutors say the drunken trio shouted homophobic abuse at Ian Baynham, 62, before the male punched him to the ground where the girls, both 18, kicked and stomped on him, the Telegraph reports. Baynham died in a hospital 18 days later.

The attack in London's tourist hot spot Trafalgar Square "was an all too familiar and depressing tale of drunken, loutish behavior. But what they did went far beyond mere anti-social conduct," the chief prosecutor told the Old Bailey. "Fueled by copious amounts of alcohol, all three jointly participated in a violent attack on a defenseless man in public." The three defendants have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

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Apr 21, 2010 1:44 AM CDT
I wonder if those witnesses were close enough to help and didn't? That would be a sad comment about a nation that valued "fair play" above all. Its common to read of Americans refusing to get involved in a scuffle, but in Great Britain? A sorry turn of events.
Apr 21, 2010 1:32 AM CDT
how can they plead not guilty? when there are witnesses? They did it in public for christ's sake.....*rolls eyes* burn um.
Apr 20, 2010 11:06 PM CDT
Fucking manslaughter? Murder while under the influence is manslaughter, now? Hey, people, make a note. If you ever want to kill someone, make sure you are balls-out wasted first.