Australian sentenced to 12 years in prison for 1988 cliff-top murder of gay American Scott Johnson.


An Australian court sentenced a man to 12 years behind bars Tuesday over the murder of a gay American in Sydney three decades ago, in a case that highlighted a series of homophobic attacks from that era. Scott Phillip White, 51, had pleaded guilty to murdering U.S. mathematician Scott Johnson, whose body was found at the base of a cliff in the city’s north in December 1988. Johnson’s death was initially ruled a suicide, but a 2017 inquest found it was likely the 27-year-old had been pushed over the cliff or fell while trying to escape assailants. Speaking after the ruling, Johnson’s brother Steve, who had long campaigned for justice and travelled to Australia for the trial, welcomed the sentence. “I think what we got this week was fairness,” he told media outside the Sydney court.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 05/22/2024
A Donald Trump-appointed federal judge in Alabama has threatened to jail several prominent LGBTQ+ civil rights lawyers involved in a long-running forum-shopping dispute. U.S. …
Added on: 05/22/2024
A Japanese lesbian couple has been granted refugee status in Canada after enduring discrimination in Japan. Eri, aged in her 30s, and Hana, in …
Added on: 05/22/2024
Being trans in the Caribbean today is easier than in the past, helped by the visibility and recognition of transgender people in Northern countries, …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 05/16/2024
Cumberland City Council in western Sydney has overturned its ban on LGBT books from public libraries in an evening marred by chaos. The meeting …
Added on: 05/15/2024
Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and Western Sydney University (WSU) have joined forces on a groundbreaking four-year research project to address the long-neglected issue of …
Added on: 05/13/2024
In a significant step towards reconciliation, the New South Wales government has announced a formal apology to individuals who faced discrimination under previous laws …