A 21-year-old man who tried to murder his gay roommate with a claw hammer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, the BBC reports.
According to a police report, 18-year-old Connor Huntley was found alive in his Margate, England apartment last May after his roommate, 21-year-old Joseph Williams, called police to report that his roommate had died.
Fortunately, his roommate was not dead.
When police arrived, they discovered that Williams had delivered one severe blow to Huntley’s head with a hammer while he slept, simply because Huntley was gay and Williams “did not know if he could live with him.”
Charged with attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, Williams has been detained under the Mental Health Act since.
Though Huntley survived the attack, he was left with a severe brain injury and a depressed skull fracture. The extent of his injuries are not detailed, but Huntley’s family insists that he has been handed “his own life sentence” through the ordeal.
The BBC also reports that the men were “not the obvious flatmates,” because they had been paired together by their landlord. A neighbor told reporters that a week before the attack, Williams had informed him that he intended to harm Huntley.
Speaking after the verdict was delivered this week, Huntley’s family released the following statement:
Whilst Connor is making slow but steady progress from this horrific ordeal, we feel he has been handed his own life sentence by this hideous act. No one deserves to be so viciously attacked in such an evil manner, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.
Connor’s head injuries are detailed in the x-ray scan below:
Photos: Kent Police