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Woman was murdered for 'being a goth'
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
A drunken 15-year-old boy kicked and stamped to death a young woman because she was dressed as a Goth, a court heard today.
The teenager was among a five-strong gang, "acting like a pack of wild animals" as they "savagely and mercilessly" attacked Sophie Lancaster, 20, and her boyfriend, Preston Crown Court heard.
Sophie, a gap-year student, had moments earlier begged the gang to stop beating her boyfriend, art student Robert Maltby, 21.
The accused had started the violence, with a flying kick to the head of Mr Maltby, the jury was told.
The gang, "encouraging each other and laughing" punched, stamped and jumped on his head until he was unconscious, Michael Shorrock QC, opening the case for the prosecution, told the jury.
Sophie had pleaded with them to stop and tried to pull them away witnesses to the attack, last August, in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, Lancs, told police.
But as she kneeled down, cradling her boyfriend's head on her lap, calling for help, the accused and another teen, who has already pleaded guilty to murder, turned on her.
The second boy, aged 15, at the time, kicked her in the head, with the accused joining in to kick and stamp on her head.
Mr Shorrock said the gang had turned on the young couple simply because they were Goths or "moshers" - and dressed differently to them.
When paramedics arrived they could not tell what sex Sophie was, such was the severity of injuries to her face.
She died in hospital nearly two weeks later, brain dead.
Mr Maltby survived but has not made a full recovery.
The accused, and four other youths, two aged 17 and one 16, have already pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm to Mr Maltby.
But the accused denies murder, saying he took no part in the attack on Miss Lancaster.
None of the teenagers involved can be named because of their age.
Miss Lancaster's mother, brother, relatives and friends sat listening in the public gallery, red-eyed and wiping away tears, as details of her injuries were given.
A doctor's report and post-mortem results indicated she had been kicked and stamped to death, with the pattern of some footwear still on her head, such was the force.
She also had injuries to other parts of her body consistent with being kicked. The cause of death was head injuries.
The trial continues.