Brendan Mason’s brutal murder reflects the darkest consequence of bias motivated behaviour.

Eliminating prejudice starts by learning to be good neighbourly first. How appalling that so many descendants of holocaust survivors have turned the tables themselves to now gratuitously victimise the indigenous Palestinians subjected to state-sanctioned racial discrimination, ethnic-cleansing, foreign occupation in their own homeland, illegal siege/blockade of Gaza and periodic rounds of genocidal bombardment by Israel. The hidden cost of over-privileging one culture is devaluing another hence is too high.

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Brendan Mason, who was brutally murdered by two young men he thought were his friends.
Picture courtesy of the Leicester Mercury

Two men who filmed themselves savagely beating a young man with learning difficulties and taunting him, telling him to “smile for the camera”, have been sentenced by Leicester crown court to life imprisonment for his murder. 

In the early hours of 5 July last year, Joshua Hack, aged 21, and Keith Lowe, 22, lured Brendan Mason, a 23 year old man with learning difficulties, to a park, where they said they wanted to spend time with him. Mason believed the two men to be his friends.

When the three of them arrived at the park, Hack and Lowe hung Mason from a tree. They took turns hitting him while the other held him down for several hours, cruelly laughing and taunting him. 

Mason was beaten unconscious, the two young…

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