Doctor murdered in homophobic park attack

A consultant psychiatrist was murdered in a homophobic attack carried out by two men and a teenage girl.

They were targeting gay men to rob in Bute Park, Cardiff in the early hours of 20 July last year.

It was there that Dr Gary Jenkins, 54, was brutally beaten, kicked and punched to death.

Audio of the horrendous attack, carried out by Jason Edwards, 25, Lee Strickland, 36, and Dionne Timms-Williams, 17, depicted Dr Jenkins pleading for help and for his attacks to “Leave me alone” but his cries were left unheeded.

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After 15 minutes of being savagely beaten by the group, he was humiliated and left for dead, covered in blood with his trousers pulled down to expose his penis.

He was taken to hospital but died two weeks later on 5 August.

Gary Jenkins, 54, who was violently assaulted in Bute Park in July 2021

Edwards, Strickland and Timms-Williams were arrested and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter, robbery and assaulting a man who tried to intervene, reports Wales Online.

They all denied murder but were found guilty by a jury on Thursday (3 February) following a trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

The trial heard Dr Jenkins had gone to Bute Park in order to have sexual encounters with other men but he was targeted by the group because of his sexuality and subjected to an unmerciful and sustained attack.

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During the murder, which was caught on CCTV from the Summerhouse Cafe, Dr Jenkins can be hearing shouting: “Argh… I haven’t got any money… Argh… Please help me…. What are you doing?

He also shouts: “Stop it, stop it (Repeated)… Argh that was…. Argh get off me, leave me alone.”

During the assault, Edwards could be heard shouting: “Stamp his head, stamp his head now, stamp his head bro.”

Timms-Williams could also be heard shouting for money and saying: “F****** c***, I don’t give af***.”

At the end of the attack, she was heard saying: “Yeah I needed that.”

Jason Edwards (left) and Lee Strickland (right) arriving at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court

Addressing the jury at the start of the trial, prosecutor Dafydd Enoch said: “On July 20 last year in the early hours of the morning Dr Jenkins was in Bute Park in Cardiff where he was viciously beaten, robbed, tortured and left for dead by these three defendants in the dock.“

“It was a beating apparently motivated by greed, homophobia, and a straightforward liking of violence.”

The jury returned a verdict of guilty for all three defendants after a total of four hours. All three remained emotionless as the verdicts were delivered.

Judge Daniel Williams revoked a reporting restriction preventing the naming of Timms-Williams, who remained anonymous throughout the trial due to her age.

Addressing the jury, Judge Williams said: “Any available sentence for someone convicted of murder is life imprisonment. The court must set a minimum period of imprisonment before a defendant becomes eligible for the parole board to consider release.”

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He said in Edwards and Strickland’s case, the likely minimum period would be 30 years and in Timms-Williams’ case 12-years, but this would be adjusted up or down depending on aggravating and mitigating features.

Sentencing of Edwards, Strickland and Timms-Williams has been added until Friday 25 March.

A large area of ​​Bute Park was cordoned off after the attack

The family of Dr Gary Jenkins, who requested privacy at this time, released a statement.

It said: “Gary was such a kind soul who would never hurt anyone. He was an incredibly generous and creative man who had only good intentions.

“Gary’s private life, being put on display through a Crown Court trial has only intensified the impact of this event on our family, friends and colleagues.

“It has been horrible to have to listen to the details of what happened.

“Gary’s untimely death has also had an impact on his patients . Gary was one of the most humane, kind, compassionate doctors one could ever come across.

“He has spent most of his working life in the NHS.

“We cannot bring Gary back. There are no winners in this case, only losers but as a family we are relieved that justice is done.

“As a family we would like to thank both the police for their efforts in bringing justice and the 2 main witnesses in this trial, Mr Hill and Mr Williams for their extraordinary bravery and efforts to help Gary.

“They are Good Samaritans and we are eternally grateful to them and will never forget what they did to help.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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