Killer faces jail


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Kelly Schneider of Idaho pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a gay man, hoping to get a 28-year sentence instead of a life sentence.

Schneider admitted he lured victim Steven Nelson to a remote area and used steel-toed boots to kick Nelson 20 to 30 times while Nelson begged for his life.

Schneider had placed a sex solicitation ad online to set up the meeting with Nelson.

Schneider admitted stripping Nelson of his clothes after the assault and stealing his car. Nelson was left alone in the isolated wilderness area and died after finding help at a home about half a mile away.

Hate crimes up and under reported in Germany

There have been more hate crimes against gays in Germany than last year, according to the German Government.

Revealing that crimes against homosexuals had risen by a fifth from January to September, Ole Schröder, a Christian Democrat junior minister for the interior, told German MPs last week that a total of 205 incidents had been reported. Those figures compared to 171 reported crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the same period last year. 99 suspects had been identified in 2016, slightly higher than the 86 people investigated last year.

It seems Germany does not have a country-wide system for identifying and reporting hate crimes against gay people.

The German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” said 113 homophobic crimes had been reported in the capital Berlin alone, in the first nine months of the year.
The cities of Hamburg and Cologne don’t collect figures for crimes against homosexuals, it added, despite having vibrant gay scenes.

Anti-gay hate messages OK in Holland, says publicly funded hotline!

Furious Dutch MPs have demanded an immediate public inquiry after a government-backed watchdog said it was acceptable for Muslims to send gay people death threats, according to the Express.

The taxpayer-funded hotline said it would not pursue a criminal complaint over horrific messages from radical Islamists because the Koran says gay people can be killed.

The disgraceful stance came to light when a member of the public complained about death threats posted to an online forum which called for homosexuals to be “burned, decapitated and slaughtered”.

Dutch MPs today reacted with horror to the revelations, demanding an immediate inquiry into the remarks and calling for the hotline to be stripped of public funding.

Hate crimes up again

The Crown Prosecution Service have released the latest statistics for hate crimes, in their eighth Hate Crime Report. The number of cases pursued by the CPS rose 4.8% overall in 2015-6.

There were 1,469 prosecutions for homophobic and transphobic crimes, a rise of 15% on the previous year. The conviction rate increased from 81 to 83%.

84 per cent of all hate crime prosecutions were for racially and religiously aggravated hate crime.

The CPS have also published a downloadable poster explaining what hate crimes are.

Gay officer shot in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News reports one of the officers injured in the Dallas shootings a few days ago was a gay officer named Jesus Retana.

Retana, 32, is a Dallas native and 10-year veteran of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit police department. Since being shot on Thursday, he’s been released from the hospital and is recuperating at home with his husband, Andrew Moss.

Gay Activist wishes Mr Retana and other casualties of the shooting a speedy recovery.

Hate crimes up in Scotland

A slight increase in incidents of hate crimes were reported to Scotland’s prosecution service in 2015-16, compared to the previous year.

1,020 charges were reported with an aggravation of prejudice relating to sexual orientation, up 20 per cent on the previous year, and 201 relating to disability, an increase of 14 per cent.