Thursday 20 October 2016 by Neil Tollfree

Dead gay men remain silent on new pardon plans

Dead gay men remain silent on new pardon plans

Thousands of dead gay men are yet to comment on plans for the Government to issue pardons for their ‘crimes,’ it is thought this is largely due to their pardons arriving many years too late for them for them to really take advantage.

The posthumous pardons will be for those convicted of consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised.

Roger Jefferies, a baker from Huddersfield who died a convicted criminal in 1999, will be one such man to benefit from the pardon, but rather than celebrating this new development, Mr Jefferies is expected to remain silent in the grave in which he was laid some 17 years ago.

Barry Platter, a stockbroker from Worthing who died in 1984 as a criminal, also had nothing to say about the new pardon plans, his silence either reflecting his current state of mortality, or the fact that the pardon plans arrived some 22 years to be of any use to him.

It had been thought that Jeffery Standon, a student from Caerphilly who committed suicide in 1964 following a conviction for gross indecency with another man, might perhaps take some pleasure in the satisfaction of knowing that, some 52 years later, he will no longer be considered a criminal, but he has so far made no comment on the matter.

The silence from the dead gay men regarding their pardons is expected to be taken as an implicit criticism that perhaps the pardons came a tad too late.

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