In recent cases since October:
- In the German capital of Berlin, attacks on gays have escalated and "nearly all" attacks on gays are committed by "migrant-background men".
- In New York City, a Muslim Uber driver threw a gay man out of car, dragged him along street and said "he’d be beheaded in his country."
- Also in New York City, a Muslim fractured a woman’s spine on a subway because another woman kissed her on the cheek.
- In France, Muslim migrants were setting up gay men. They were planning to kill them after luring them on gay dating apps.
- And Chechen authorities are accused of ordering families to kill their LGBT family members.
9 migration-background men have been sentenced for a brutal and unprovoked series of violent assaults including "acid" attacks, described as "homophobic" by the media.
The men were sentenced for a variety of offences at Wood Green Crown Court, that left one victim with a fractured eye socket and corrosive burns to his eye, according to an official statement from the Metropolitan Police Force.
The gang had been administering a "ferocious" beating to an unidentified male when a group exiting a nearby club tried to intervene, with one of them attempting to film the assault on his mobile phone.
The attackers "took exception to this", according to the police statement, "kicking [the young man with the phone] to the ground" and attempting to take it from him.
As the situation escalated, one of the gang — Huseyin Onel — went to his car and retrieved a white bottle that he used to attack the Good Samaritans with a corrosive substance, "calmly… spraying liquid at their faces as they attempted to flee."
2 other members of the gang, Mehmet Tekagac and Onur Ardic, were also directly involved in the use of a corrosive substance on one of the victims.
"The suspects then got into three cars and drove from the scene, shouting homophobic comments at members of the group, and that they ‘run Hackney’," the statement reports.
"The level of violence used in this attack, coupled with the speed that this incident escalated, are truly shocking," commented Detective Constable David Leitner, who led the investigation into the attack.
"The original victim who was attacked by the group has never been traced but I hope he and all those who were set upon by this violent group of individuals, will take some comfort from the fact that this group's been convicted."
The gang have been identified and sentenced as follows:
- Huseyin Onel, 24 (30/03/94) of no fixed abode, but from the Hackney area, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for applying a noxious substance causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), plus an additional 3 years on extended licence. Onel was sentenced to 9 years each for 6 counts of casting a noxious substance and 3 years for violent disorder to run concurrently.
- Mehmet Tekagac, 30 (03/09/88) of Kenworthy Road, E9 was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison for applying a noxious substance causing GBH, plus an additional 3 years on extended licence. To run concurrently, Tekagac was sentenced to 8 years for robbery and 3 years for violent disorder.
- Onur Ardic, 27 (02/11/91) of Frampton Park Road, E9 was sentenced to 14 years in prison for applying a noxious substance causing GBH plus 3 years on extended licence. He was also sentenced to 3 years for violent disorder to run concurrently.
- Guven Ulas, 20 (21/12/98) of Pultney Street, N1, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violent disorder.
- Mustafa Kiziltan, 30 (10/09/88) of no fixed abode, but from the Hackney area, was sentenced to a total of 3 years in prison – 27 months for violent disorder and 9 months for dangerous driving. He was also sentenced to 3 months for failing to stop, this will run concurrently.
- Serkan Kiziltan, 22 (03/11/96) of Well Street, E9, was sentenced to 18 months for violent disorder.
- Umit Kaygisiz, 21 (26/12/97) of Orsman Road, N1, was sentenced to a total of 28 months in prison for violent disorder and attempting to convey a prohibited item into prison (namely a mobile phone).
- Yasam Erdogan, 24 (24/11/94) of Nightingale Road, N1, was sentenced to 18 months for violent disorder, suspended for 2 years.
- Turgut Adakan, 23 (20/06/95) of Roman Road, E6, was sentenced to 18 months for violent disorder, suspended for 2 years.
It's typical for the mainstream media — and sometimes the authorities themselves — to add up multiple sentences for gang members like this, in order to report that they've been sentenced to "a total" number of years "behind bars" that appears appropriately severe.
However, it should be noted that for individuals sentenced to multiple terms "to run concurrently" — i.e. simultaneously — only the longest one's actually served in any meaningful sense.
Moreover, it's typical for criminals in the UK to be released on licence automatically halfway or, more rarely, 2-3rds of the way through all non-life "custodial" sentences, further reducing the time actually spent in prison.
"Suspended" sentences, while counted as custodial for statistical purposes, aren't in fact served in prison at all, unless the convict commits another crime within a set timeframe — and sometimes not even then.