Teen on gay murder charge

PUBLISHED: 18:20 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010

A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with the homophobic murder of a 61-year-old man.

A TEENAGER has appeared in court charged with the homophobic murder of a 61-year-old man.

David Smith, 17, of Margaret Road, Bexley, appeared at Greenwich Magistrates' Court last Saturday charged with the murder of Ronald Charles Dixon, 61, of Barney Close, Charlton, last Tuesday evening. Mr Dixon was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. He died there, two days later, at 1.45pm last Thursday.

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said they were called to a report of a road traffic accident where they treated a 61-year-old man with head injuries.

He was semi-conscious when they took him by ambulance to hospital.

A post-mortem last Friday at Greenwich mortuary showed he died as a result of a head injury. Police say they are treating the attack as homophobic as the man was verbally abused before the incident. Mr Dixon was found near a bus stop and a police say a vehicle was seen leaving the scene. Anyone with information can contact the police on 020 8721 4855 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively call the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Police in Greenwich on 0208 284 9864.

Another two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the death.

A 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old man have been bailed until late June.

This comes less than a year after gay Tony Hoare, 49, of Charlton Park, was killed minutes after leaving the White Swan pub, in The Village, Charlton, at 6pm on September 11, last year. Lesley Kingshott, 42, of Maskells Court, Victoria Road, Charlton, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced last January to two and a half years in prison.

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