Rightly banged up

A homophobic lorry driver who poured boiling water over a gay couple while they slept has been jailed for 40 years.

Martin Blackwell, 48, from Atlanta, was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery on two counts of aggravated assault on Wednesday.

Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert, who had been dating for about six weeks, were sleeping at the house where Blackwell often stayed during long-haul journeys.

Mr Gooden was left needing skin grafts after more than 60 per cent of his body was badly burned and he was put in a medical coma.

Mr Tolbert had to wear special compression clothing for 23 hours a day for the next two years and has weekly counselling.

Your Activist has been blogging for 18 years. This year I have blogged as many hate crime stories as in the previous five years. It’s enough to make us all cry.

Homophobic lorry driver who poured boiling water on gay couple as they slept jailed for 40 years