A Bermuda judge sentences a gay-baiting thug to seven years in prison for hacking and slashing the face of a gay man with a machete ... and criticizes the island government for not passing gay rights legislation.
Sentencing 25-year-old Rashad Cooper to the stiff term, Judge Carlisle Greaves warns similar hate crimes will not be tolerated in Bermuda. The Royal Gazette quotes the judge: "By its sentence the court should, I think, send a strong message to the accused and other like-minded individuals that behaviour such as his, motivated such as his, shall not be tolerated in this modern, civilised, enlightened and fair-minded society."
The jury took only three hours to find Rashad Cooper guilty of the November 2007 attack on 25-year-old Shawn Nusum and heard he "had a history of violent crime and homophobia before he launched the attack on Nusum and ... taunted Nusum on previous occasions over his sexuality, calling him a 'faggot' and similar names."
Nusum has extensive injuries from the machete attack, including a broken cheek and jaw, "while his nose was fractured and his ability to raise the injured eyebrow impaired."
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