Teen jailed for manslaughter of Beckenham resident Ian Baynham

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 January 2011

Ruby Thomas was found guilty of Ian Baynham's manslaughter

Ruby Thomas was found guilty of Ian Baynham's manslaughter


A teenager who kicked a gay civil servant to death in front of horrified tourists in Trafalgar Square in an act of “mindless, drink-fuelled violence” has been jailed.

Joel Alexander was found guilty of Mr Baynham's manslaughter

Ruby Thomas, 19, formerly of Bourdon Road, Penge, was jailed for seven years at the Old Bailey today along with her friend Joel Alexander, 20, of Talbot Road,Thornton Heath for the manslaughter of 62-year-old Beckenham resident Ian Baynham.

A third girl, Rachel Burke was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution for her role in the violence.

The trio had been drinking in Crystal Palace Park before travelling to London to commit the unprovoked fatal assault on September 25 2009.

Ruby Thomas launched a tirade of homophobic abuse at Mr Baynham before Alexander punched him to the floor and former public schoolgirl Thomas kicked and stamped on him as he lay defenceless on the ground.

Victim Ian Baynham

Jailing Thomas and Alexander, Judge Richard Hawkings, said: “This was a case of mindless, drink-fuelled violence committed in front of many people.

“It ended in the loss of a precious life - catastrophic for Ian Baynham, his family and his friends and no sentence can alter that fact.”

Turning to Thomas, he added: “You demonstrated hostility towards Ian Baynham based on his sexual orientation.”

CCTV footage taken after the attack showed Mr Baynham, of Gresham Road, lying on the floor with a pool of blood surrounding his head.

Thomas and Burke flee the scene after the attack

He was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where he was on a life support machine for 18 days before he died with his sister Jenny at his side.

Mr Baynham had been celebrating a promotion at the Home Office with his friend Philip Brown when he passed the group who were drunk.

When Thomas called the pair “batty boys” and “f***ing faggots”, Mr Baynham retorted: “No I don’t want to sleep with you love.”

Thomas responded by kneeing her victim in the genitals before Joel Alexander punched Mr Baynham to the ground.

The blonde teen, wearing ballet pumps and drunk on a cocktail of cider, lager and vodka, kicked him four or five times as he lay unconscious and bleeding from the head.

As the blows rained on the civil servant’s chest and head, shocked bystanders heard Thomas scream “d***head” and “f**k.”

Thomas, dressed in a white top and grey trousers stared impassively ahead but shook visibly, touching her neck when her sentence was read out.

The judge added an extra year to her six-year sentence because of the homophobic motivation.

Mitigating for Ruby Thomas, Kerim Fuad QC told the judge how the teenager’s own father was violent towards her mother and brother.

He said: “In 2001 she (Thomas’ mother) and the children were made homeless. In 2001 her father was arrested for murder.

“In this very court he was convicted of manslaughter and when she was 11-years-old she would make visits to her father in prison which left her withdrawn and tearful.”

In 2006 her father was arrested for threatening to kill and committed to a mental hospital, and she left Sydenham High School, aged 15, shortly afterwards.

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