Gay man, 50, battered to death in 'homophobic attack’

Gay man, 50, battered to death in 'homophobic attack’

A man who was battered to death in a suspected homophobic attack inside a cemetery has been pictured for the first time.

Ranjith Kakanamalage was attacked and left for dead in Tower Hamlets, East London, on August 16.

The 50-year-old, also known as Roy, was a gay man who had lived in the area for many years, cops said. They added that the incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime.

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service following reports of a man found unresponsive. Police found Mr Kakanamalage with a head injury and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to have been blunt force trauma to the head.

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett said: "This is a horrific murder and my thoughts are with Ranjith's family and loved ones.Latest Post