TWO thugs who murdered a gay barman – kicking and stamping on him “as if trying to kill an animal” – were yesterday jailed for life. Thomas Pickford, 26, and Scott Walker, 33, were told they would serve at least 28 years for the ferocious homophobic attack. And the judge said it was likely they would serve even longer before they could be considered for parole. Pickford and Walker had attacked another man in the area two weeks earlier – while Walker was out on licence from jail for assaulting and threatening to kill his own mother. And they murdered 24-year-old Jody just one day after that licence expired, the Old Bailey was told. They were the first killers jailed under a new law requiring courts to treat “hostility based on sexual orientation” as an aggravating factor. Jobless Pickford and decorator Walker, 33, of no fixed address, admitted murder. Judge Brian Barker said they had only one intention – “homophobic thuggery. You showed him no mercy. “I have seen photos of what was done to that young man. One of the police officers described his face as like a bloody and swollen pulp. “It was a premeditated attack on a… Read full this story
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