1st gay marriage in UK prison…1 groom jailed for homophobic murder
Mark Goodwin, 31, who led a gang that beat up homosexuals, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in 2007 for the homophobic murder of Malcom Benfold, 57.
His co-groom, Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, was jailed in 1997 for strangling his gay ‘lover’ Adrian Kaminsky, 28, whom he met on a dating site.
After the killing, Gallatinov was stopped on a motorway by police who discovered Kaminsky’s dead body in the back of his car.
Kaminsky’s horrified mother fears Gallatinov will “do something” to her and her daughter if he is ever released, she told a review hearing.
The murder was branded as “chilling” and “well-planned” by Judge Rhys Davies QC, who sentenced Gallatinov to 20 years behind bars.
— Trending UK News (@UKolizer) February 19, 2015
The killer-couple will be the first homosexual inmates ever to tie the knot in a UK prison at their wedding ceremony next month.
A notice of their marriage was posted at the register office in Beverley.
The couple has reportedly “wanted to tie the knot for several years” and, following last year’s legalization of gay marriage, their marriage application was successfully granted by prison authorities.
Alongside education, freedom of religion and healthcare, marriage is considered a “basic human right.” Therefore, prisoners have had the right to marry in jail since the Marriages Act of 1983.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said, “We do not comment on individuals. Prisoners are entitled to apply to be married in prison under the Marriages Act 1983. This would take place at no cost to the taxpayer and there is no possibility they would share a cell.”
RT asked social media users whether prisoners should have the right to marry behind bars, eliciting a divergence of views.
— RT UK (@RTUKnews) February 20, 2015
One Twitter user told RT that because “prisoners have broken the law and social contracts” they should therefore lose their liberty and have no right to vote or to marry.
@RTUKnews prisoners have broken the law and social contracts. For that, they have lost their liberty. Should mean right to vote and marry
— brendan leeming (@brend24) February 20, 2015
Another said murderers should “lose all rights when they break the laws of society,” adding “this is the purpose of detention.”
— elizabeth scott (@genepoolreject) February 20, 2015
“Lol, Marry in jail? So what’s the point of going to jail in the first place if not to be deprived of such rights?” another user asked.
@rtuknews Lool, marry in Jail? So whats the point of going to jail in the first place if not to be deprived of such rights?
— Legal Hermit (@The_LegalHermit) February 20, 2015
“You lose the right to make life decisions when you take the life of someone,” another tweeted to RT.
— white-rem (@DrSerious) February 20, 2015
Others argued that marriage behind bars should indeed be allowed.
“Yes it is their basic human right,” one Twitter user said to RT.
“If they both love each other, then why not?”
Killers should only get married in prison “if they really love each other,” another tweeted.
— Mitch Richmond (@MitchRich02633) February 20, 2015
— Caliph Richard (@contepomi90) February 20, 2015
@RTUKnews Only if they really love each other.
— Andy Horton (@fechtbuch) February 20, 2015
— commentator king (@commentatingkin) February 20, 2015
— kaleembutt (@kaleembutt35) February 20, 2015
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