Witnesses deny ‘gay bashing’ in investigation against a gang killing gays for fun

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BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Witnesses in an inquest against a gang who have been accused of killing gay men for sport in the 1980s have denied that they ever bragged about “poofter bashing”. The court was told how the gang, the Narrabeen Skinheads, allegedly bragged about pursuing and assaulting an American gay man using homophobic slurs. The American is presumed to be Scott Johnson, who’s body was found at the base of a cliff in Australia in December 1988. Police originally said he took his life although his partner said he would never do so. A succession of men who either confessed or are alleged to have taken part in “gay bashing” are being questioned in the proceedings.It is thought that as many as 88 men could have been murdered by thugs who attacked everybody they believed to had been gay.Authorities say that a gang of teenagers in the 1980s in Sydney hunted gay men “for sport” and sometimes forced them off cliffs to their death. They have all been granted anonymity for the series of inquests.

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