Australian charged in gay hate crime in 1988 death of American man

WION Web Team
Canberra, Australia Published: May 12, 2020, 04:04 PM(IST)

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The third inquest, in 2017, found that Johnson fell from the clifftop as the result of violence by an unidentified attacker who perceived him to be gay.

A man in Australia's New South Wales has been charged in an apparent gay hate crime that happened almost 30 years ago.

Scott Price, 49, has been charged with murdering a 27-year-old Johnson in 1988.

The body of Sydney-based American mathematician Scott Johnson was found dead at the bottom of the North Head cliffs in Manly in 1988. The police, in the first inquest, ruled it a suicide. The second inquest, in June 2012, returned an open finding.

The third inquest, in 2017, found that Johnson fell from the clifftop as the result of violence by an unidentified attacker who perceived him to be gay.

Police said the man was was refused bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

A 2018 police review of 88 suspicious deaths from 1976 to 2000 revealed that 27 men were likely murdered for their homosexuality by gangs.

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