Was the claim that Brian Williamson’s murder was a hate crime true ?

Amnesty International on Brian Williamson’s murder – Truth or Propaganda ?

Brian  Williamson  was  a  co-founder  Of  J-FLAG  , Jamaica  Forum  for  Lesbians, All-Sexuals  and Gays. He  was  murdered  by  someone  he  was  acquainted  with  on  June 9th, 2004.

The  conclusion  of  the  case  was  published  by  the  Jamaica  Gleaner  and  may  be  seen  at  :http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20060504/news/news2.html

Man pleads guilty to murdering gay activist
published: Thursday | May 4, 2006

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

THE MAN charged with the murder of 59-year-old gay rights activist Brian Williamson, pleaded guilty in court yesterday.

Dwight Hayden, otherwise called ‘Dog’, a 25-year-old newspaper vendor of 1 Myers Street, Jones Town, Kingston 12, will be sentenced in the Home Circuit Court on May 19.

Dr. Randolph Williams, who is representing Hayden, has applied for social enquiry and psychiatric reports.

Williamson, president and founding member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, all Sexuals and Gays, was stabbed 77 times in his apartment at 3A Haughton Avenue, in New Kingston, on June 9, 2004. A chest was stolen from the apartment.

Amnesty International has described Williamson’s killing as a hate crime.

Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, and Crown Counsel Winsome Pennicooke outlined in detail the facts of the case to Justice Basil Reid.

Miss Llewellyn said that about 7 a.m. on June 9, 2004, Hayden and a man called ‘Bomhead’ went to Williamson’s home and he let them in. The deceased’s male housemate said he had seen Hayden come to the house on several occasions.

 

WILLIAMSON FOUND DEAD

The housemate left the premises and, on his return, found Williamson lying face down in a pool of blood.

Hayden went home and confessed to his child’s mother that he and ‘Bomhead’ had murdered “the white man.” Hayden gave a statement to the police on June 11, 2004 in which he said it was ‘Bomhead’ who demanded money from the deceased and then began to chop him.

Hayden said he gave the deceased a few stabs in the neck but he did not intend to kill him.

Amnesty  International  claimed  that  his  death  was  a hate  crime.

The  following  is  on  the International  Lesbian and  Gay  Association ( ILGA) website :

http://old.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileCategory=53&ZoneID=5&FileID=222

Slain Jamaican gay leader honoured in London
PM Patterson accused of collusion with anti-gay violence
23/06/2004

Jamaica

Latin America and CaribbeanJamaica’s Prime Minister PJ Patterson shares responsibility for the wave of homophobic violence, culminating in the murder of Brian Williamson, said British gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

His government gives credibility to anti-gay prejudice by enforcing the ban on homosexuality and by doing nothing effective to tackle homophobic hate crimes.

Mr Tatchell was speaking at a memorial vigil for Brian Williamson
outside the Jamaican High Commission in London tonight, Wednesday 23 June 2004, organised by the gay rights group OutRage!.

Patterson is a coward. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu say homophobia is as bad as racism. When will Patterson show similar moral leadership?

Why won’t Patterson speak out against the torrent of gay bashing attacks? Why won’t he scrap Jamaica’s colonial era anti-gay laws, asked Mr Tatchell.

The London vigil was attended by members of the black and gay
communities, including gay Jamaican asylum seekers who have fled to Britain to escape murder in Jamaica.

Lead speaker at the vigil was Lee Jasper, black rights activist and
race advisor to the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. He attacked the Jamaican government for criminalizing homosexuality and violating gay human rights.

People attending the vigil held placards with the slogans: Jamaica: Stop killing queers, Gays murdered. Patterson does nothing, Jamaica: repeal ban on gay sex.

Many in the crowd also held photos of Brian Williamson, emblazoned with the words: Born in Jamaica, Lived in Jamaica, Murdered in Jamaica. Gay hero! Jamaican hero!

Since Brian Williamson’s murder, the climate of homophobic hatred and violence has escalated, said vigil coordinator Brett Lock of the gay rights organisation OutRage!.

According to a statement sent to the vigil by the Jamaican gay group, J-FLAG, since Williamson’s murder: There has been a heightened sense of fear amongst the gay community, and a violent backlash on the streets against gay men. J-FLAG has received an increased number of threats and reports of violence against gay people.

Other speakers at the vigil included Darren Johnson the Green Party member of the London Assembly, Carol Budd of Amnesty International, Charles Anglin of the black group Big Up, Andrew Prince the Jamaican-born editor of UKBlackOut, and Barry O’Leary of the Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, which helps gay Jamaican refugees.

The London Gay Men’s Chorus sang Let my people go, in tribute to Brian Williamson and in solidarity with all lesbian and gay
Jamaicans.

Afterwards, flowers were laid on the pavement outside the Jamaican High Commission.

Several gay Jamaicans who attended the vigil accused the Jamaican police of pursuing a vendetta against the gay community.

“The Jamaican police have consistently failed to tackle homophobic hate attacks. Most of the killers have literally got way with murder. The police are themselves accused of beating up lesbians and gay men. Many gay Jamaicans describe the police as ‘gay bashers in uniform’”, said Mr Lock.

Further information: OutRage!

Was  Brian  Williamson murdered  by  heterosexuals  because   he  was  homosexual  ?

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