READING: The London Airport murder the press dubbed as a gay killing was said to be the work of an “agent of the devil” at Reading Crown Court when the murderer was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Douglas Geddes, aged 23, a chef from Birmingham, was found guilty of killing Paul Duval (22) whose body was found near Heathrow Airport, London, on July 5.
Geddes and Barry Woodard (28) of Walsall, had both pleaded not guilty to murdering Paul.
When Paul’s body was found the papers said that the area was a well-known trolling ground and intimated that this was just yet another gay murder.
At the time Gay News reported that even Slough Police admitted the gay-tag was rubbish. “As far as we know, only fishermen go there,” a police spokesman told GN.
During his trial, Geddes told the Crown Court jury that he might have stabbed Paul, but he couldn’t remember. “It was the two of us, I can recall it.”
He said that he and Woodard had driven down to Slough with Paul and taken him into a field where they got out of the car.
He said: “Woodard held him and I put the knife into his body once, and a second time.” The Court’s clerk then read the murder charge to him for a second time and he changed his plea to guilty.
Geddes said: “I am nocturnal. I just stay awake during darkness hours and just move about. A few days before this trial I was blessed by a priest and I was a devil worshipper.”
Woodard’s trial proceeds.
On Friday 8 July the body of a young man was discovered in a flooded gravel pit near Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire.
Frogmen on a routine training session discovered the body of twentythree year old Paul Duval lying face-down in the bushes.
A post mortem revealed that Paul had been murdered late Thursday evening and had died due to multiple injuries inflicted by a knife to the heart and chest area.
One theory currently being investigated by police is that Paul was murdered for rebuking another man’s sexual advances.
The National press and local Radio have repeatedly reported over the last 12 days that the area where the body was found is a popular gay meeting place, a sort of miniature Hampstead Heath.
A local police spokesman, who has been attached to Slough Police Station for the last ten years, said that the area, to the best of his knowledge, was only frequented by ‘fishermen’ at night time. Furthermore, any reports in the national press stating this area to be frequented by homosexuals was complete and utter fabrication acting only as a cheap booster to the reportage of that particular national newspaper.
The Evening News and the Evening Standard have both over the last week stated categorically and supported by their police spokesman, that the Colnbrook area is crawling with homosexuals at night time. ‘These views” said our spokesman, “are completely unfounded and would not be supported by any officer attached to this station.”