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Disabled Woman Murdered for Fun by "Friends"

Gemma Hayter loved animals. She shared her chaotic flat in a tower block with a hamster and a noisy cockatiel called Jasmine and she would talk to every dog or cat that came her way.
But Gemma would talk to anybody who showed her the slightest attention – and it was her trusting friendliness that was ultimately to cost her her life.
Last week, three young people were convicted of Gemma’s brutal murder on a disused railway line, an act that followed hours of abuse in a flat.
Two others were found guilty of her manslaughter and all five were unanimously convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Everyone who came across Gemma, 27, in her home town of Rugby knew that she was different. She had a rare congenital disorder that caused her serious learning difficulties, and a distinctive physical appearance with a large head and crossed eyes.
In the pre ‘care in the community’ era, it is unlikely that she would have been allowed to live independently. Dawn Jennings at the post office a stone’s throw from the ten-storey block where she lived, cashed her benefits cheque on Tuesdays.
‘She was a lovely girl, totally innocent and child-like,’ she said.
‘She would not have hurt a fly and was a friend to all, but I did worry about how she coped. She wasn’t aware of time and there was no one to tell her when to go to bed and when to have a bath.’



Gemma’s neighbours in Biart Place, a triangle of tower blocks less than half a mile from central Rugby and the grand halls of the town’s famous public school, were certainly aware of her problems. Her flat smelt so bad that it engulfed the entire floor.
Those she confided in revealed that she had been moved to Biart Place in 2008 from an almost identical tower block on the other side of town after suffering bullying and sexual abuse.
Martin Bowes, 56, said: ‘I got to know her when I saw her walking past picking up cigarette butts off the street and asked her what she was doing. She said that she made them into roll-ups to smoke.
‘We got talking and I felt sorry for her. I ended up feeding her twice a week. Watching her eat was pathetic. She would finish everything off and then ask for more. She’d mop it all up with bread and then use her thumb to completely clean the plate.’

Cruel: Jessica Lynas and Duncan Edwards were both found guilty of manslaughter following the death of Gemma Hayter:



Guilty: Chantelle Booth and Daniel Newstead, who were dating at the time of the murder, were both found guilty:



Jailed: Joe Boyer was convicted of the murder of Gemma Hayter:


More disturbing to Martin than her table manners were her liaisons with men, drawn in by her internet profile where she described herself as ‘big, bold and beautiful’.
‘These fellas would drive here from all sorts of places and she would be driven off by them,’ he said.
‘It worried me sick. She was a big woman but she was also like a four-year-old child.’
And nowhere was her childishness more evident than in her attitude to money. ‘I had no change once so I gave her a £10 note and told her to go round to the shop and buy a pint of milk so I could sort her out,’ recalled Martin.
‘She came back 15 minutes later with the milk, a bag full of sweets and chocolate and no change at all. She said, “Oh, these are all nice.” ’
Her problems with budgeting meant that despite receiving benefits she often needed to borrow money to top up her electricity. Those she asked for help strongly suspected that she was being exploited by some of the ‘friends’ she made in Rugby.

Neighbour Adele Butterworth, 23, said: ‘I know there are other people besides those in the dock who should be feeling guilty for the way they treated Gemma.
‘She just wanted to be accepted so badly that she would put up with anything and often she didn’t realise people were just taking the mick.
‘Gemma told me about this boyfriend she had who was in prison. I don’t think he even existed but she would tell me that she’d had to give money to him so they could set up a home together.
These so-called friends tattooed the words, “Simon STD X” on her wrist. She said it was her boyfriend’s name. She had no idea that STD [sexually transmitted disease] was an insult.’
With such parasites leeching off her it is easy to see how money became a problem for Gemma and it formed the backdrop to the terrible events that led to her murder. In the early evening of Sunday, August 8, last year, Gemma had been invited to the flat of her friend Chantelle Booth, then 21, and her partner Daniel Newstead, 20.
They were entertaining their neighbours Jessica Lynas, 18, and her boyfriend Joe Boyer, 17, as well as another teenager, Duncan Edwards, 18.

All of them had gone into Rugby town centre the night before and Gemma had annoyed them by telling bar staff that Chantelle was only 15. It was Gemma’s idea of a joke but she’d ‘ruined their night’ and Jessica had slapped her.
Shortly after Gemma arrived at the flat, a £5 note went missing and Jessica found it tucked behind the fridge.
Chantelle then brought up an incident from two years earlier when she believed Gemma had stolen £800 in backdated child benefit that was meant for Chantelle’s six-year-old son who was in care following her conviction for unlawful wounding.
The mood darkened. Bubbly blonde Chantelle became upset. This angered her chubby boyfriend Daniel, the father of her second child, and her other suitor, Duncan – with whom she had been swapping flirty texts.
Duncan began hitting Gemma with pillows.
Then Joe and Duncan both urinated into a beer can and forced Gemma to drink it.
Jessica, also a teenage mother with a child in care, jabbed Gemma in the face with a broom handle. Duncan waved a mop at her and Chantelle is said to have broken her nose with a head-butt.
Daniel, who claimed to the court that he had left the flat to get help for Gemma, returned and was so cross to see her blood in his bedroom that he punched her twice in the face.
Gemma is then said to have asked for Joe and Duncan to walk her home but in the event all five of them went.
The group was filmed leaving the centre of Rugby on CCTV. Gemma was wearing a cap pulled down low over her head. Instead of taking her home, the five led her down on to a disused railway line where a bin bag was put over her head before she was stripped naked, strangled, kicked mercilessly in the face and then stabbed in the neck.
Her clothes were then burnt by Duncan – who singed his hair.
The next day the group went with Duncan to get his hair cut before going to Coventry to visit pubs.
They were all arrested on the Tuesday after Daniel told a receptionist at the local social services that he had been present at the killing.
During the seven-week trial that ended on Thursday, the young defendants’ behaviour caused utter dismay to their expensively assembled legal teams.

They changed their stories several times but finally the two couples – Jessica and Joe, and Chantelle and Daniel – decided Duncan was solely responsible, while he blamed Daniel.
Their inconsistencies were easily exposed under cross-examination. At one point, when cornered, Chantelle swore at a barrister while Joe who, in a police interview had casually referred to Gemma as ‘that thing’, claimed to have been too intoxicated to remember anything.
In the dock, they simply larked about – laughing, passing one another notes and betraying not the slightest hint of concern.
At one point, the judge, the Right Honourable Lady Justice Rafferty, was forced to separate them like schoolchildren and warn them that they would be sent to the cells if they continued to misbehave.
It was only when the verdicts were read out that their demeanours changed.
The boys sat emotionless while Chantelle and Jessica screamed, cried, swore and hugged one another, their faces contorted and covered in black mascara.
All five were found guilty of the assault in the flat. Chantelle, Daniel and Joe were convicted of murder while Duncan and Jessica were found guilty of manslaughter.
A tragedy for six young people – Gemma, and the five hapless, undirected, unsupported individuals in the dock
In the public gallery sat a row of Gemma’s family including her mother Susan, who endured every day of the trial, and her two half-siblings.
It looked like a big support network but it seemingly failed to function once Gemma had reached adulthood and begun to live on her own and become the easiest target for the lowest of the low.
At different times of her life Gemma had contact with social services but she did not have a social worker. It is understood support had been offered but refused.
Warwickshire County Council described Gemma as a ‘vulnerable adult’ and after her death a Serious Case Review was commissioned by the Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board.
Wendy Fabbro, chair of that board and strategic director for Adult, Health and Community Services at the Council, said: ‘The review, which is being independently chaired and authored, is expected to conclude in September to take account of any additional information to emerge from the trial. A public summary of the findings and recommendations will be published.’

It was an acknowledgment that of the defendants, only one, Duncan Edwards, had a parent present at the end of the trial. The others, it seemed, had been abandoned.
But what of the many other Gemma Hayters living out there? How can they cope in a society that would appear, in part, to have lost its sense of right and wrong?
The charity Mencap estimates that nine out of every ten people with a learning disability are verbally harassed or exposed to violence because of their disability.
In Gemma’s case exposure to violence meant murder, committed by vacuous souls who saw her as a figure of fun to be laughed at, abused and killed for their entertainment.

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Poor woman, what a sad and disgusting story
I hope the fuckers will get in jail what they deserve

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Throw those incredible ugly bastards in jail and leave them to starve to death, i have never seen such strange looking twats in my life, they dont deserve to breath our air, just kill the cunts/

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If she had the mentality of a 4 year old, who the fuck let her live on her own?

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RIP Gemma and bye bye you five douchebags...

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If she had the mentality of a 4 year old, who the fuck let her live on her own?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supported_living

This is a fairly recent movement in disability care in both the UK and the US, keeping people out of group homes, training centers and mental hospitals since advocacy groups and many social-service nonprofits view such places as oppressive. People in this sort of care do have the right to refuse assistance, medical and psychiatric care, etc., unless they are served with court orders mandating such or are under parole/probation, since they are adults, apparently Gemma refused assistance and hung out with shit-for-brains delinquents, costing her her life...

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so sad and disgusting..
They should be locked in a room with no food or water and left to die.

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i've seen similar stories before. All too common when people take advantage of those who are disadvantaged. she was an easy target and they used and abused her. sad stuff

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supported_living

This is a fairly recent movement in disability care in both the UK and the US, keeping people out of group homes, training centers and mental hospitals since advocacy groups and many social-service nonprofits view such places as oppressive. People in this sort of care do have the right to refuse assistance, medical and psychiatric care, etc., unless they are served with court orders mandating such or are under parole/probation, since they are adults, apparently Gemma refused assistance and hung out with shit-for-brains delinquents, costing her her life...
I'm aware of this program....but she shouldn't have qualified...not with the mentality of a 4 year old

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That is horrible! I cannot imagine WHAT their parents thought when they heard what their child had done! No wonder almost none of them showed up in court. Karma will get them, rest assured and then God will deal with the cleanup.

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