Man Who Set Gay Autistic Teen On Fire After Bullying and Taunting Him And Dousing Him With Suntan Lotion Gets Three Years In Jail For Teen’s Death [TW: Anti-Gay Violence, Anti-Gay Bullying, Homophobia, Violence, Torture, Murder, Death]
Jordan Sheard, (right), 20, was sentenced this week for the manslaughter death of gay UK teen Steven Simpson (left), whom he doused with tanning oil and lit ablaze after taunting him about his sexuality at the teen’s 18th birthday party. Simpson, who was autistic, died from his burns the next day in the hospital.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that Jordan Sheard, 20, flicked the lighter and Steven went up in flames with Sheard and others running away instead of helping him. The teenager, who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy, died in hospital from 60 per cent burns the next day.
Judge Roger Keen told him: “What it did was engulf him in a fire. You tried to briefly assist and then you ran away. That in my judgment is serious aggravation.”
The court heard the only person who went to Steven’s aid was neighbour Sean Banner who burned himself in the process. But when Mr Banner returned to the flat in Pleasant View, Cudworth, near Barnsley, he was initially arrested on suspicion of murder. Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said that earlier in the evening Sheard, who vaguely knew Steven, and two others joined the party and were let in despite having not been invited.
Simpson was openly gay and had moved in to the flat because he had been bullied at his other address.
The Daily Mail adds:
The court heard that as Mr Simpson became increasingly drunk at his party, he was dared to strip to his boxer shorts.
Defendant Jordan Sheard, 20, who had gatecrashed the house party, was seen taunting the host, who was openly gay, and then scrawling obscene and homophobic insults on his bare stomach, face and forearm. After 2am, a partygoer took the Calypso tanning oil from Mr Simpson’s bedroom and, as it was poured over him, others chanted: ‘Light it, light it.’
Miss Wright said: ‘Steven did not object; he seemed to be enjoying the situation.’
But the court heard that Sheard then held a cigarette lighter to Mr Simpson’s groin, and instantly the highly flammable liquid caught alight and flames engulfed his body. Instead of putting out the fire, Sheard ran away.
Sheard received three and a half years in prison.
272 Notes/ Hide
- shipyardsong likes this
- my-kingd0m reblogged this from beatcreep
- just-the-t1p reblogged this from airickuh
- cryokineticwolfies reblogged this from assofcandy
- assofcandy reblogged this from jillianelise
- jillianelise reblogged this from defendthebroken
- politiciansoc reblogged this from thepoliticalfreakshow
- girlmeetssociety reblogged this from 6foot-under
- defendthebroken reblogged this from airickuh
- airickuh reblogged this from pulpromance and added:
- clearasgold likes this
- 6foot-under reblogged this from koontygaga
- fifteenflowers likes this
- pulpromance reblogged this from acidkittielove and added:
- acidkittielove reblogged this from wearethechildrenofthisearth
- koontygaga reblogged this from wearethechildrenofthisearth
- beep-boop-buzz reblogged this from skullvomit
- veganpowers-activate likes this
- wearethechildrenofthisearth reblogged this from takthehideousnewgirl
- thanesprayers likes this
- mireliambar reblogged this from still-not-your-division
- still-not-your-division reblogged this from tlovesmetal
- angelwouldbeking reblogged this from sassygayangel
- -spittingvenom likes this
- tickoffyourlovers reblogged this from thepoliticalfreakshow
- takthehideousnewgirl reblogged this from vulcannspecter and added:
- lettersfromanother reblogged this from ineedtothinkofatitle and added:
- lettersfromanother likes this
- castoffcrown likes this
- azuremagpie reblogged this from sassygayangel
- recyclops-vs-polluticorn reblogged this from grumpimus-prime
- thisismyjobandidoitwell reblogged this from ineedtothinkofatitle
- iamwhatbecameofthelikelylads reblogged this from licoriceplease
- tinyzalosta likes this
- omnifob likes this
- ponytoes said: THREE YEARS? THREE FUCKING YEARS?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR WORLD? MURDER 3 YEARS. RAPE 1 YEAR. WARNING SHOT 20 YEARS, STEALING ELECTRONIC INFO 50 YEARS. GAAAAAH!
- magnifiquementmorts likes this
- slicing reblogged this from kittening
- milana-morgann likes this
- just-the-rainy-season reblogged this from itsdauntlessbitch
- frankenlobo likes this
- thefrostgiantess reblogged this from 8amba
- luvthevalley likes this
- tyrant-of-tea reblogged this from ilikechampagne
- riversongsgbff reblogged this from ineedtothinkofatitle
- 8amba reblogged this from mylittlepornicorn
- mylittlepornicorn likes this
- mylittlepornicorn reblogged this from assassinbait
- infamousnfamous likes this
- thevices likes this