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Attack on Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby, August 2007

In the early hours of 11 August, Sophie Lancaster and Robert Maltby were attacked by a number of teenage boys, while walking through a park in Lancashire. 

Robert was knocked unconscious, and Sophie was kicked, stomped on, jumped on, and viciously beaten. After the attack, Police said that they were both beaten so badly that they could not tell the genders of the victims. Both Sophie and Robert were hospitalised as a result of the attack. Robert’s injuries left him in a coma with bleeding on the brain, which he gradually recovered from, but was left with lasting brain damage. Sophie’s injuries were much worse, however, and was in a coma indefinitely. Her family switched off her life support on 24 August, after doctors confirmed that she would never regain consciousness. 

5 teenage boys were arrested in connection with the attack, but only 2 were charged with murder. Brendan Harris and Ryan Herbert were sentenced to life imprisonment, for the murder of Sophie Lancaster. The other 3 boys were sentenced to several years jail time, for grievous bodily harm with intent.

The Constantine Family

  • Standing behind the couch - Sophie Constantine, Miranda Flannigan, Valentino Constantine, Dina Caliente, Constantine Goth
  • Seated on couch - Silvio Constantine, Mara Constantine, Salvatore Constantine, Elisabeth Constantine, Elena Constantine
  • Toddler row - Nicolo Caliente, Catrina Constantine, Isabella Constantine, Felix Flannigan

I included Dina Caliente and Miranda Flannigan because they are the mothers of Valentino’s children and they both have relationships with him. I didn’t include Bella Goth because she and Salvatore aren’t together anymore.

family pose by @flowerchamber and toddler poses by @qvoix

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Murder of Sophie Lancaster

In 2007, 19-year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were brutally attacked in what was believed to be a hate-crime. The couple were known to be part of the Goth subculture, often known as “moshers” in the local Lancashire area. A gang of five boys were convicted of the attack, and two were convicted of murder after Sophie failed to wake up from her 13-day-long coma.

Just after 1 AM, the group approached Lancaster and Maltby and started to beat them. After being knocked unconscious, the gang took it in turns to repeatedly stomp and jump on Sophie’s head. The killers bragged to their friends that they had “done summat (something) good” and in several text messages spoke of “two moshers nearly dead up Bacup park  you wanna see them they’re a right mess." The injured couple were assisted by some of the teenagers who called emergency services. When they were taken to hospital, their heads were so swollen from the injuries that police could not establish who was male and who was female.

Sophie was a promising student and had a place in university to study English Language. Her family and surviving boyfriend have set up a fund to help all victims of prejudice, hatred and intolerance. 

Today I’m #gothupforsophie , a girl who was beaten to death for being goth. It’s the 9th anniversary and therefore there is a campaign by the S.O.P.H.I.E foundation. I call out my followers and friends to goth up for Sophie and text SOPH05 (followed by the amount you wish to donate e.g £3 or £5) to 70070 to the Sophie Lancaster foundation against hate crime and prejudice or why not buy a SOPHIE wristband like I did ;)

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“The event that inspired [We Are The Others] was the attack on Sophie Lancaster, who was a girl from the UK. She and her boyfriend were attacked by a group of youngsters purely because they looked goth. And Sophie didn’t survive the attack. So she was beaten to death basically because of the way that she looked, because of the way that she dressed. And with the song, I really wanted to do something because one of the things that bothers me the most is the way that society reacts to otherness. And by otherness, I mean not only the way you dress, but gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion. And people react to otherness with violence. I wanted “We Are The Others” to be empowering for those that feel different, but at the same time, it’s a critique of this fear.” - Charlotte Wessels

Today marks the 8 year anniversary of the death of Sophie Lancaster. [08.24.15]