An unidentified Scottish lad will spend twelve months in prison for his role in the hateful murder of James Kerr. The 15-year old had been walking through a park when he encountered Kerr, a local politico. The boy later told two friends – the previously sentenced David Meehan and Martin Soutar – that Kerr had “tried” it with him. While we don’t know what that means exactly, Meehan and Soutar didn’t like it one bit. The trio then tracked down Kerr, the 15-year old pushed him to the ground and the older boys beat him to death. Team work!
During the course of the trial, the 15-year old admitted that Kerr had not, in fact, sexually assaulted him. His lie lead to to the attack, which lead to Kerr’s death, yet the judge simply wagged a finger at the youth:
It is necessary to keep in mind that you are only 15. However, the primary consideration must be that you committed an unprovoked and homophobic assault upon a man who had not molested you and was not presenting any danger to you. This offence is so serious that, despite your age, a custodial disposal is the only appropriate way of dealing with you.
Now, we don’t mean to question the court’s judgment, but one year doesn’t seem “appropriate”.