Target: Prosecutor Philip Bennetts of Central Criminal Court of England and Wales
Goal: Applaud conviction of homophobic man who struck gay roommate with a hammer
A 21-year-old British man will spend the next 14 years in prison for attempting to kill his roommate, who was openly gay. Joseph Williams struck his 18-year-old roommate, Connor Huntley, in the head with a claw hammer as he slept. According to reports from U.K. news outlets, the force of the hit caused the hammer to become embedded into Huntley’s skull.
Joseph Williams, who openly expressed a deep-seated hatred of gays, often told his neighbors that he was unsure if he could live with Huntley because he might be compelled to hurt him. After the attack, Williams blamed his homophobia on his ‘Catholic background,’ stating that his mental health was deteriorating after he witnessed his roommate’s cross dressing.
While Williams will be spending a majority of his sentence in a maximum protection psychiatric hospital for convicts, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, Prosecutor Philip Bennetts stated that Williams’ actions ‘…clearly demonstrated an intention to kill [Huntley]…’ and is strongly advocating for a life sentence. As for Huntley, he suffered from a depressed skull fracture and penetrating brain injury, but miraculously survived the near-fatal attack. He is currently recovering in a rehabilitation facility.
No one deserves to be viciously attacked in such an evil way, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. Sign the petition to thank Prosecutor Philip Bennetts for helping to convict Joseph Williams for his harrowing, homophobic act.
Dear Prosecutor Phillip Bennetts,
The arrest, prosecution and conviction of Joseph Williams, as well as your valiant efforts, deserve to be applauded. The heinous act of violence carried out by Williams is completely unforgivable, and this conviction proves that he will never be able to spew his homophobia or act recklessly against the LGBT community again.
As an LGBT supporter and advocate I thank you, wholeheartedly, for recognizing how truly monstrous and evil Joseph Williams is, and for prosecuting him accordingly.
[Your Name Here]
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