Ruby Thomas imprisoned after homophobic attack killing civil servant

Ruby Thomas

Ruby Thomas

The 19 year old was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment after brutally attacking passer-by, 62-year-old Ian Baynham.

The former public school pupil was said to be “mindless” and “drink-fuelled” when she attacked the civil servant, kicking and stomping on him as he lay unconscious in Trafalgar Square.

Ruby Thomas began her seven-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution today after being convicted for manslaughter.

Thomas was one of three teenagers who attacked Ian Baynham in an incident that witnessed likened to scenes from, darkly satirical science fiction film, ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

Jurors convicted Thomas’s ex-boyfriend, Joel Alexander, 20, to six years in prison.

Thomas is said to have been acting in a “lairy, mouthy way” and flirting with passers-by before she turned on Baynham and his friend Philip Brown and screamed “fucking faggots” at them as they crossed the square.

Witnesses said she also smiled as she “put the boot into” an unconscious Baynham, after her boyfriend Alexander had knocked him to the ground and caused a severe brain injury.

Baynham died 18 days later at the Royal London hospital without recovering consciousness. Police found his blood on Thomas’s handbag and the ballet pumps she had been wearing.

Thomas’s sentence was increased from six years to seven due to the homophobic nature of her actions Judge Richard Hawkins said: “This was a case of mindless, drink-fuelled violence committed in public.”

The third attacker, Rachel Burke, 18, is to serve a two-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution after being convicted of affray at a separate trial.

The Judge said: “You, Ruby Thomas, started the matter. You have a previous conviction for drunken loutish behaviour and you have demonstrated hostility towards Ian Baynham based upon his sexual orientation or presumed sexual orientation.”

Thomas’s barrister, Christopher Sallon QC, claimed there was little “reliable evidence” to suggest she was hostile towards Baynham “based on his sexual orientation”, saying statements from her mother and a gay friend provided a strong case that “homophobia played no part in her life at all”.

He asked: “Could it be that the words she actually spoke, ‘fucking faggots’, simply meant: ‘You have got to be if you don’t want to sleep with me?’ ”

Her crime was not a “gay-bashing attack” but involved a “passing remark made by a drunken girl”.

Was the attack solely down to an innocent drunken comment or was it a pre-empted homophobic attack?

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