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Killer of Gay Teen Michael Causer Acquitted; Family, Friends Protest


After 13 hours of deliberation late last week, a jury in Liverpool acquitted Gavin Alker for the murder of teenager Michael Causer, who was attacked by three other youths while he slept last July and remained in a coma for a week before dying in the hospital. Causer's lethal injuries were reportedly caused by blunt trauma from a hardback book:

Causeer "Michael, 18, died eight days after he was attacked at a house in Biglands Drive, Huyton. Paramedics found him dying in Tarbock Road at around 11am on July 25. It was alleged Gavin Alker had punched, kicked and thrown a hardback book at Mr Causer in a homophobic attack following a drinking session at a house in Biglands Drive, Huyton. But Alker denied making homophobic comments and insisted he had only hit Mr Causer in self-defence. James O’Connor, 19, has admitted murder without homophobic intent."

The verdict shocked Liverpool's gay community and a protest was held yesterday outside the court.

Said Causer's mother at the protest: "We were so shocked at Friday’s judgement. “Michael was made out to be a thug in that trial. Gavin Alker claimed he acted in self defence. Michael weighed seven and a half stone. He couldn’t have hurt a fly. If anyone acted in self defence that night it was Michael. I want someone to explain to me how a lad who worked in an old people’s home for free to try to bring some joy into their lives, who called bingo numbers, who volunteered for the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy scheme can be a thug. How can we be betrayed by the justice system in such a manner? All we have now are memories. I am determined to fight this, to find a way to bring about a private prosecution. In my mind that verdict was incorrect and what Judge King said about Michael was wrong. I am determined to fight this for him. I don’t care what the cost is."

Watch a clip of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The judge called the murder victim, who was murdered in his sleep, a thug?

    Shouldn't it be pretty easy to get a new trial based on judicial misconduct? I'm no legal authority, but it seems like there would be a clear case here. That's just reprehensible.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 23, 2009 9:24:20 AM

  2. WTF!

    Posted by: J.P. | Feb 23, 2009 9:25:04 AM

  3. Liverpool's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Network has established The Michael Causer Fund in memory of Michael Causer, a young gay man from Merseyside, who died on Saturday 2nd August from injuries sustained in what police describe as an allegedly homophobic attack.

    The fund will be used to assist the family of Michael Causer at this time in any appropriate way. To donate to the fund, simply go to the Liverpool Charity & Voluntary Services website (LCVS is the organisation that hosts the Network) at the following link:

    Gift aid can be claimed back for any donations made if you are a UK taxpayer.

    Cheques should be made payable to 'The Michael Causer Fund' and sent to:

    The Michael Causer Fund
    151 Dale Street
    L2 2AH

    Alternatively credit and debit card donations can be taken over the phone on 0151 227 5177. Thank you!

    Matthew Fox
    LGBT Development Officer

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Feb 23, 2009 10:17:53 AM

  4. Let's show the Causer family that we across the pond have Michael in our thoughts. I've just made a contribution to THE MICHAEL CAUSER FUND and ask that you join me. No amount is too small.

    The Michael Causer Fund

    The Michael Causer Fund has been established by Liverpool’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Network through LCVS in memory of the 18 year old gay man who was killed in a violent attack in Huyton in 2008. In the short term the Fund will provide assistance to Michael’s family for expenses relating to his funeral. Longer term charitable aims for the Fund will be established by the Network in consultation with Michael’s family and friends.

    Posted by: JohnInManhattan | Feb 23, 2009 10:36:17 AM

  5. This is disgusting. The judge should be held accountable for prosecutorial misconduct.

    Posted by: Cj | Feb 23, 2009 12:17:44 PM

  6. Well, like they say, you get what you deserve. Seems to me Gay people don't seem to deserve much more than they are willing to accept which in this day and age, the best to hope for is to not be exterminated in groups.

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 23, 2009 1:27:44 PM

  7. I'll remember this horrid vedict the next time a Brit tries to tell me how backward and socially immature we are here in the States. What a horrible tradgedy all around. My thoughts are with his family and friends. And Marc^...what kinda back assed statement was that?

    Posted by: JT | Feb 23, 2009 2:08:34 PM

  8. Shocking. Now if Causer had defended himself and killed Alker (chav trash), would it have turned out the same? There's nothing you can do except protest...say things like "that's wrong"...that's it, huh? That's all you can do?

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 23, 2009 4:12:36 PM

  9. The judgements and sentences in the UK are disgraceful.

    But they just keep coming, who says crime doesn't pay?

    Posted by: Sally | Feb 23, 2009 4:26:59 PM

  10. That JT, is an incitement to get off our asses and actually do something relevant to our cause. It's a call to arms to the Gay boys and Lesbian girls out there! We celebrate pride as if there has been something to be prideful of over the last twenty years when Gay and Lesbian people have allowed themselves to be more marginalized than ever! Except for the ones who are getting killed, we are becoming more accepting of the choice of our own invisibility, not less!

    I for one have grown very weary of these stories so if the truth is offensive, then so be it. I've been offended for years that people considered me a "model" gay (whatever the hell that is) for the simple fact that I was willing to be radical and offend others sensibilities while they were willing to just sit back and beg for acceptance. I don't beg, I demand. But one or two lone voices against the chorus of gay and lesbian people who are passively complicit in the murders of their brethren and who lay down passively and accept that the bathhouse and the bar are acceptable venues to be marginalized in is not enough to alter what is.

    Tell me, do you believe we got more attention to the AIDS crisis because we whined for help or because groups like ACT UP demanded it?

    Clear enough?

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 23, 2009 6:07:56 PM

  11. also see it on the lgbg club Bi Minlge com. We lgbt always support each other. And surely we can get more and more rights.

    Posted by: Joekener | Feb 24, 2009 1:27:42 AM

  12. The jury believed the man acted in self-defense. Let me say that most 'gay bashings' are men reacting or overreacting to criminal abuse that the homo 1st did. If a homosexual grabs another man's butt or groin against his will, then if the man reacts by bashing or killing the homosexual, his reaction is to a crime that the homo 1st did.

    But honestly, the main reason gay groups hate 'gay bashings' is because you hate the fact that a straight man fought back against a homo who abused him. Homosexuals should be made impotent.

    Posted by: snowisfun | Jun 21, 2011 10:20:54 AM

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