We have previously discussed the lower criminal sentences handed down in England in comparison to the United States. Some such cases truly shock the conscience as in the case of Jordan Sheard (left). Sheard had long bullied Steven Simpson (right) for being gay as well as for his speech impairment and epilepsy. Sheard got Simpson to strip to his underwear and wrote gay slurs over his body which was covered with tanning oil. He then lit him on fire at his birthday party.
Sheard fled as a neighbor tried to put out the flames. However, Simpson was burned over 50 percent of his body and later died. A paramedic reported that Steven had lipstick all over Steven’s face — with the words “gay boy” on his head. Sheard insisted that they were just fooling around and pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was jailed for 3½ years yesterday at Sheffield Crown Court — but will be released on after just serving half of that time.