Gordon Fyvie, a Scottish man who revealed to his “friend” Neal Todd that he was gay at a party, received a beating from Todd that was so severe he was left unconscious and covered with bruises while his “friends” continued drinking. Fyvie, a Salvation Army worker, died 12 days later. Doctors on his original hospital visit following the beating had failed to detect brain damage that eventually killed him.
The BBC reports: “In court, Todd admitted assaulting and injuring Mr Fyvie by repeatedly punching and kicking him on the face and body. His solicitor said Todd was ‘extremely remorseful’ and had no idea his victim had been so badly injured. He told the court that Todd had become addicted to White Lightning cider and drinking it had made him ‘irrational’. He had suffered alcohol-related ‘visions and voices’ in the past.”
A judge has sentenced Todd to just 18 months in prison.