4 years for Darren Capers: bully drove gay teacher to suicide


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An English judge this week sentenced Darren Capers to a four-year prison sentence for a campaign of harassment that resulted in the death of gay school teacher Simon Cremen.

The teacher ended his life after relentless and sustained bullying from Darren Capers.

Prosecutor Ben Campbell told the court Capers threatened to bomb Simon Cremen’s house and smash the windows. Video footage showed him screaming “Should not be allowed around animals, never mind children. You dirty little bastard.”

Capers would lie in wait for the teacher to leave his house and scream insults.

“F_cking n_nce. You will get it.”

Simon Cremen became fearful of leaving home. A popular teacher in the township of Grimsby, he also helped out at Pride Festivals across the country, notably as Pride Manager of Bi Pride UK.

The prosecutor said Capers appeared to revel in causing fear to the victim.

The court heard that Darren Capers had 14 previous convictions, including others for harassment. The defence claimed he suffered problems that affected his behaviour, including a lack of insight and empathy.

“Not a jot of remorse”

Judge John Thackray KC said Capers  “delivered vile and vicious abuse on numerous occasions.

“You were quite literally terrorising him and, understandably, your actions had a profound effect upon him. You caused distress and misery to your victim in the final days and weeks of his life. He was overwhelmed by your conduct.”

The judge also noted that Capers took pleasure from causing Simon Cremen distress and exhibited “not a jot of remorse.”

However, he said Capers could not have foreseen that Simon Cremen would take his own life.

Judge Thackray sentenced Darren Capers to four years.

 

 

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    21 December 2022
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    Four years!!
    What a fucking joke!!

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