Teenager 'killed for being gay'

February 3, 2009 17:21 GMT

A gay teenager was battered to death in a homophobic attack by a man armed with a hardback history book, a court heard. Gavin Alker shouted homophobic abuse at Michael Causer, 18, as he punched and kicked him at a house in Huyton, Merseyside, on 25 July 2008.

Liverpool Crown Court was told he did not know Mr Causer and started the attack after finding out he was gay. The 19-year-old, of Fleetwood Walk, Runcorn, denies murder. Another man has already pleaded guilty to the charge.

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