Harry Hammond was a retired man aged 69 who lived in Bournemouth on the South coast of England.
He suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism, which made it difficult for him to communicate with other people. Harry was shy, polite and a good neighbour, who had done voluntary work since his retirement and was a committed Christian. At weekends he took part in an evangelist campaign in the local town centre, offering leaflets about Christianity to passers-by. Some homosexuals who saw him decided to try to stop him.
They organized a group who arrived and confronted Mr Hammond one Saturday afternoon in October 2001. Mr Hammond was preaching and displaying a sign saying, ‘Jesus Gives Peace, Jesus is Alive, Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism, Jesus is Lord’, when he was surrounded by a mob of about 30 gay-rights activists. Not content with ridiculing him and intimidating him, they tore up his sign and threw him to the ground.
They held him down and then they started pouring buckets of mud and water over him. Shocked passers-by called the police and two police officers arrived at the scene. The passers-by thought that the attackers should be arrested, but the homosexuals demanded that the police arrest Mr Hammond for “hate-speech”. After a prolonged disagreement, they got their way and Hammond was arrested instead of the thugs who had assaulted him.
He was taken to a police station where his autism made it very difficult for him to defend himself or describe what had happened. He was suffering from shock, concussion, cuts, bruises and cracked ribs but he got no medical care. He was charged and prosecuted under the Public Order Act 1986. At court the judge found him guilty and he was fined £300 plus £395 costs.
Harry was then taken to hospital where the next day HE DIED of his injuries.
His killers walked free and still nobody has brought any legal charges against them. None of them was even named in court.
Harry Hammond has been called a “martyr” and he was certainly a VICTIM OF GAY BULLYING.