As the cases of revellers manhandled by police at Sydney Mardi Gras come before the magistrates, it’s time to remind ourselves that Sydney police have more than just a little housecleaning to do.
Another issue that no-one is talking about in this election. The need for a Royal Commission into the bashings and murders of gay men in NSW, and especially in Sydney, that were ignored, covered up or ‘miscategorised’ by NSW Police.
John Bedser, Antique dealer, stabbed in shop, Parramatta Arcade, 2 December 1980
Some of them, it appears, were actually carried out by NSW Police.
Mannie De Saxe and Kendall Lovett – two of Australia’s oldest GLBTI campaigners – have documented many cases on their website. Many thanks to them for their work on this: the examples here are taken from their site. Links are below.
Gerald Cuthbert, 27, Stabbed 64 times, Paddington unit, 17 October 1981
Victims were savagely beaten, or shot, or stabbed, or thrown or chased over cliffs.
William Allen, 50 Bashed to death at gay beat, Alexandria Park toilets 28 December 1988
Samantha Raye, Transexual. Body found in cave at South Head, beneath HMAS Watson naval base 20 March 1989
John Gordon Hughes, Gagged and bound, throat slashed, bashed with lamp and bowl in his Greenknow Ave unit, Potts Point 4 May 1989
Some were well known, but for many more, we don’t even have a photograph.
Ross Warren, 24 WIN TV news presenter, disappeared at Marks Park, Bondi-Tamarama 22 July 1989
Graham Paynter, 36, Found at base of 50-metre cliff, with jeans around knees and jumper over his head, at Tathra Beach on the NSW south coast
14 October 1989
John Russell, 31Murdered Marks Park,Bondi-Tamarama 24 November 1989
Wayne Tonks Teacher at Cleveland Street High,found dead in his Artarmon unit 19 May 1990
Richard Johnson, 33 New Zealander,lured and bashed at Alexandria Park,died in hospital 24 October 1990
William Dutfield, 41 Former jockey, struggled before bashed to death with a metal tape dispenser in his Mosman unit 19 November 1991
Cyril Olsen, 64 Bashed then drowned,
Rushcutters Bay 22 August 1992
Of course, the bashings and murders were not confined just to NSW. If you have the stomach for it, I urge you to read through the archive Mannie and Ken have amassed. It will shock you. And then ask yourself:
Why are these killers still free? When will we have justice?
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Hate Crimes – PREFACE
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – INTRODUCTION
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – CHAPTER 1
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – CHAPTER 2
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – CHAPTER 3
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – CHAPTER 4
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, HIV Hate Crimes – CHAPTER 5