26 June 2015

Anti-Discrimination Campaigner Garry Burns calls for an independent Judicial Inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commissioner to find out the extent of the homophobic attitudes of NSW Police towards homosexual men in the 80’s and 90’s.

There were a number of gay hate related homicides during that period where justice has not prevailed largely because of the actions of NSW Police.

In 1987 , Raymond Kean was found beaten to death outside a toilet block.

In the late1980’s, John Russell , 31 , was found at the bottom of a cliff top at Marks Park and Ross Warren’s body has never been found missing from the same area.

French national Gilles Mattaini disappeared. He was last seen at the Tamarama walking track of South Bondi’s Mackenzie’s Point.

In 1990 , eight teenagers obtained the telephone number of Richard Johnson from the wall of a toilet block , lured him to a park and bashed him to death, the beating so brutal there were heel marks embedded in Johnson’s face.

Why do they do it ?

Dr.Rod Milton , a former forensic psychiatrist , says the cause is to be found in adolescent turbulence. Young men are in a state of change and have anxieties about their own sexuality. They are open to suggestion and subject to gang influence -alpha male syndrome.

“ Boys who do this are afraid of their own sexuality, “ he says. “They feel the best way to attack their own fears is to attack others of the same kind”.

Mr.Burns said , “ Many of these assaults were carried out by male teenage gangs right under the noses of NSW Police. NSW Police did nothing to prevent the violence. It was a systematic failure by NSW Police to protect and serve those men simply because they were viewed by Police at that time as just “dirty poofters”.

In 2005 Senior Deputy State Coroner Magistrate Milledge handed down her findings and recommendations into the deaths of Russell , Warren and Mattaini.

In 2015 Homicide Squad Commander detective superintendent Michael Willing said the matters had been reviewed and the Coroner’s findings that they were suspicious in nature and possibly the result of a gay hate crime.

Willing has offered the aggregate amount of $300 , 000 of public money leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons involved in gay hate killings.

“ Homophobic violence is fuelled by fear , hate “.

“ Seriously what is needed here is the truth. Why did NSW Police sit on their collective “cross stitching” and allow hundreds of gay men to cop floggings with some losing their life due to the limited act of violence. Police offering public money some 27 years later for information will yield them no results in the delivering of justice”, said Mr.Burns.


Garry Burns



Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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