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Teacher is banned for saying ‘gay people have a disease’ A TEACHER who branded homosex- ual people “diseased” in front of a class of vulnerable pupils in Thatcham has been banned from the profession. Joshua Onduso was judged to have abused his position of trust as a teacher following the remarks in May 2015. A professional conduct panel heard that the 50-year-old science and careers teacher had called homosexuals “diseased” and “like animals” after pupils asked him what he thought about rock music and homosexuals. Mr Onduso was also alleged to have pointed to his head and said that homo- sexuals “had something wrong upstairs”, the panel sitting at the National College for Teaching and Lead- ership in Coventry heard. The comments were made at the pupil referral unit, then based at the Moorside Community Centre, which taught pupils unable to attend mainstream schools. The panel was told that many of the pupils suffered from a range of emotional and mental health difficulties and had been distressed by Mr Onduso’s comments. Mr Onduso denied the allegation and was suspended pending completion of an investigation. He was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct bringing teaching into disrepute. The panel found that the comments also “fell significantly short of the stan- dards expected of the profession” and that Mr Onduso failed to demonstrate tolerance and respect for the rights and beliefs of others. Charles Elton, representing Mr Onduso, argued that the alleged words were those of teenagers and not of a middle-aged professional man. n Continued on page 5 Readercompetition – page38

Notorious Newbury ‘bully’ kicked and stamped on pal in ‘horrific attack’ over money in Scotland Murderer ‘didn’t care if friend lived or died’

Report by JOHN GARVEY email john.garvey@newburynews.co.uk twitter @johng_nwn

AN electrician from Newbury brutally murdered his friend of 10 years in a row over money. Gary Crossan kicked Malcolm ‘Raggie’ Wright to death, then desper- ately tried to cover his tracks. Crossan is now facing life in prison after a jury convicted him of murdering Mr Wright in Peterhead, Scotland, earlier this year. After the trial at the High Court in Aberdeen on Tuesday, jurors took just 35 minutes to convict Crossan of murder- ing the 56-year-old by punching him repeatedly, kicking him and stamping on his head. Thirty-six-year-old Crossan showed no emotion as the majority verdict was read out, but family members from both sides were visibly upset. Afterwards, Mr Wright’s sister Caro- line Chandler said: “We’re not going to be celebrating outside the court, that would be disrespectful to the other family. Two families have been destroyed by this.” She added: “Malcolm was a family man; his eldest daughter is pregnant and he would have been a grandfather this month. That would have made him very happy.” During the trial, the court was shown mobile phone camera footage that Crossan took of himself, taunting his victimwhile he lay dying on the floor, on January 26 this year. He was also heard repeatedly demand- ing: “When am I going to get my money?” Crossan claimed he had only hit Mr Wright as he thought he was going to lash out first. But Alan Cameron, prosecuting, said:

Malcolm ‘Raggie’Wright would have been a grandfather this month

Gary Crossan has a histor y f violence and is facing a life sentence

a horrific attack on his victim, causing injuries so severe that he would spend his final days in intensive care and never recover. “From the outset Crossan went to great lengths to cover up his involve- ment in Mr Wright’s death.” n Continued on page 5

hospital after being found injured and died a week later. During the trial, it emerged that Crossan had persuaded his girlfriend to lie about what had happened and to suggest Mr Wright’s devastating injuries had been inflicted elsewhere. Mr Cameron said: “Crossan launched

“He was a man with a history of violence against Mr Wright... he was a man who kicked and stamped on his friend. “He was a man who did not care if his friend lived or died – a man who is a murderer.” Mr Wright was eventually taken to

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