Tuesday, 30 December 2008

The Murder of Tim Baxter

In June 1999, 25-year-old university graduate, Tim Baxter, was thrown off Hungerford Bridge, in Central London, and killed.

A teenage gang mugged and beat him and his friend, Adrian Cornish, senseless before they threw them both into the Thames.

16-year-old Toni Blackson, the only girl in the gang screamed, 'do it, do it' as they were lifted over the parapet of the bridge.

John Riches told police he could hear Tim's head 'banging on the bridge' as his friends stamped on him and said there were cries of 'come on! Let's chuck him in.'

Riches said his friends then picked Tim up and sat him on the edge.

"He was asking them, 'Do not do this'. He was screaming. I see him go over. I see him in the water, he just went under the water and went under the bridge. They kept on laughing and just picked up the other one... I see him go over."

A few minutes later, CCTV at Waterloo station caught Blackson, a 14-year-old boy and Cameron Cyrus, laughing hysterically, and singing rap songs. The same camera also caught Blankson enjoying an passionate clinch with Copeland.

John Riches, Sonni Reid, Cameron Cyrus, Shaun Copeland, who was just 14 at the time of the killing, his girlfriend, 16-year-old Toni Blackson and Alan West were convicted of Tim's murder.

They are all black.

No MP has ever mentioned Tim Baxter in the House of Commons.

This is Tim alongside Sonni Reed and an artist's impressions of two of the killers:

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