Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet.
Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.
The accused told the court that they were angry the park was used by gay men for sexual encounters.
Supreme Court Justice Lindy Jenkins rejected the prosecutors’ claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men.
She said the pair was ‘motivated by prejudice and hostility’ and that Batchelor had done nothing to provoke Taylor and Jones who attacked an 'unarmed and unsuspecting man.
“Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,’ she said the men should have asked those engaging in the activity to stop or report it to the police or the local authorities.
She added that the men had showed no regard for the victim’s life, and made no attempt to get him medical help.