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A tipping point for disability hate crime?

By Katharine Quarmby  

On 10th May 2009, parts of Michael Gilbert’s dismembered body were found by men walking dogs by a lake near Luton. His head was found in February this year in the same lake. Michael was just 26 when he was killed. He had been abused, tortured, filmed for entertainment and stolen from by members of the Watt family—who were known to police and other agencies—for around ten years. He considered them to be his family.

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