There will be a small community gathering organised by David Dandridge (CCMAC) to remember Jody Dobrowski on Saturday 17th October at 12 noon by his memorial bench during which we will plant some daffodils as a mark of respect. All welcome.
Afterwards at 2pm there will be an LGBT Community Engagement event at the Two Brewers in Clapham organised by the Lambeth LGBT Network. Facebook event here.
What happened to Jody Dobrowski 10 years ago?
Jody Dobrowski (27 July 1981 – 15 October 2005) was a 24-year-old assistant bar manager who was murdered on Clapham Common in south London. On 14 October, at around midnight, he was beaten to death with punches and kicks by two men who believed him to be gay. Tests carried out at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London revealed Dobrowski had a swollen brain, broken nose and extensive bruising to his neck, spine and groin. His family was unable to identify him due to his face being so badly disfigured and he had to be identified by fingerprints.
His two assailants, Thomas Pickford and Scott Walker, pleaded guilty to the murder of Dobrowski at the Old Bailey criminal court on 12 May 2006 and sentenced to life imprisonment on 16 June 2006 with a minimum of 28 years to be served. Both men had been involved in an attack against a gay man two weeks prior to the murder of Dobrowski. Walker had been out on licence due to threats against his mother but the licence had expired the day before the murder, however, it had not expired at the time of the previous homophobic assault.
This was a landmark case in Britain, where Section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 was utilised in sentencing the killers. This Act empowers courts to impose tougher sentences for offences motivated or aggravated by the victim’s sexual orientation in England and Wales. The trial judge was His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC.
For more information check out the Jody Dobrowski archive here
REPORTING HATE CRIME
If you have witnessed or been a victim of homophobic hate crime please contact the Police (999 in an emergency, 101 if not an emergency). You can also report hate crime online to the Police via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk or via any open police station.
Alternatively you can report via Lambeth Council’s online hate crime reporting form www.lambeth.gov.uk/hatecrime. Lambeth Council employ a full-time Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Healey, who can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lambeth Hate Crime Blog www.lambethhcc.wordpress.com provides further information and advice about how the Council, Police and communities affected by hate crime are working together to make the borough a safer place.
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