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Candlelit tribute to murdered teenager.


THE family of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer are planning to hold a candelit vigil to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Discussions are under way to organise a gathering in August, possibly outside St George's Hall, in memory of the 18-year-old who was brutally battered in Huyton.

Today, friends and relatives will be attending a tribute evening to the hairdresser at Fairfield Police Club.

Bands The Zodiacs and Within Reason will star.

Nearly 10 months after his killing, his mum, Marie, told the ECHO that she would keep fighting for justice for her dead son, and would never forgive those responsible for his murder.

Last week, officials from Merseyside Police, Liverpool's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB& T) Network and Lord Mayor Steve Rotheram met at the Causers' home in Huyton.

One hundred pansies were planted in their front garden in remembrance of the openly-gay teenager.

Mrs Causer said today: "We need to keep getting the message across to people and educate them about the issue of hate crime. This is 2009, not the 1940s. People should be able to be what they want to be, and love who they want to love.

"I will never forgive those lads for their lies and the way they stopped police going about their investigation."

Michael was attacked in a bedroom by James O'Connor, aged 19.

His lifeless body was then carried over a back garden fence and placed in Tarbock Road.

O'Connor was jailed for life for murder, and Michael Binstead pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice..

Co-defendant Gavin Alker was cleared of murder after a trial.

Although the murder was initially believed to have been because Michael was gay, the judge eventually dismissed the prosecution's claims that the violent assault on him had been motivated by homophobia.

Mrs Causer added: "It's been a very hard year for us all. Nine weeks before Michael was killed, I lost my dad. He suffered a blocked main artery at a caravan park in Prestatyn.

"I had two tragedies to cope with last year." Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service is appealing against the suspended jail sentence imposed on Michael Binstead, 18, after claiming it was "unduly lenient." The court was told the teenager carried Michael's prone body onto the street outside, and later lied to his mum, saying that her son had been attacked by strangers.

Tickets for the Michael Causer tribute night, which starts at 7.30pm this evening, are pounds 8, and are available on the door.



TRAGIC: Michael Causer's family are planning a tribute event in his memory
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Date:May 23, 2009
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