Murderer loses job after hiding his 'queer-bashing' conviction

Murderer loses job after hiding his 'queer-bashing' conviction

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John Balson

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Murderer loses job after hiding his 'queer-bashing' conviction

A murderer who cut a man's throat during a 'queer-bashing' rampage has been struck off as a paramedic after hiding the conviction from his employers for 17 years.

Robert King (left), 48, was part of a gang of vicious teenagers who ambushed 42-year-old Robin Warren outside public toilets in Castle Hill, Maidenhead, on September 8, 1980.

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), where he worked as an operations manager, only discovered his past after he drunkenly crashed an ambulance car into a shop window in December 2010.

King, now of Oxfordshire, was struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council on Friday.

A spokesman for SCAS said CRB checks did not exist when King was given work in 1994 with Two Shires Ambulance Service, as it was then known.

King was locked up for murder in January 1981, aged 16, along with an 18-year-old member of the gang. Two other accomplices, aged 16 and 17, were convicted of manslaughter.

The gang had been drinking in the Boars Head pub, now the Hobgoblin, in the High Street before deciding to go 'queer-bashing' - as they later referred to it to police.

For the full story see today's Maidenhead Advertiser.

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