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Man Arrested in Notorious 1980s Killing of Gay American in Australia

Detectives in Australia have arrested a person in a infamous 1988 killing of a homosexual mathematician from the United States who was pressured off a Sydney cliff in what officers referred to as a hate crime.

The killing of Scott Johnson drew consideration to a rash of homophobia-driven crimes within the 1980s and ’90s through which homosexual males had been focused by gangs of younger folks, who generally pressured them off cliffs to their deaths.

The police in New South Wales, who had initially dominated the dying a suicide, mentioned that they’d arrested a 49-year-old man on Tuesday morning and that he could be charged later within the day. They didn’t determine the suspect.

Mick Fuller, the police commissioner of New South Wales, mentioned that he had personally notified the sufferer’s brother, Steve Johnson, who lives within the United States, of the arrest.

“Making that phone call this morning is a career highlight — Steve has fought so hard for so many years, and it has been an honor be part of his fight for justice,” Mr. Fuller mentioned.

“While we have a long way to go in the legal process, it must be acknowledged that if it wasn’t for the determination of the Johnson family,” the commissioner added, “we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

Mr. Johnson’s household started petitioning for a second inquest, which was held in 2012, and which overturned the suicide willpower and advisable that the police reinvestigate.

“I haven’t stopped crying for five days,” Steve Johnson mentioned. “Today’s been simply an emotional roller coaster of joy, sadness, relief.”

His brother, he added, could be grateful that the household didn’t surrender on discovering out what occurred in his final hours. “Now we have an answer, we have a lesson for others who would commit more crimes — that they will be caught,” he mentioned.

Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.

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