Scott Johnson: Gay US student’s killer jailed in Sydney after 30 years

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Three decades after US man Scott Johnson’s body was found at the base of cliffs in Sydney, his killer has been sentenced to jail. Scott White was on Tuesday sentenced to a maximum 12 years and seven months in jail for the then-27-year-old’s murder. At the time, the Cambridge University graduate’s death was ruled as suicide – something his family never believed. They had for years fought for Australian police to investigate it as a gay hate crime instead. On Tuesday, a judge found there was not enough evidence to establish it was a gay hate crime, but sentenced White to jail for the 1988 killing. He will be eligible for parole in 2030. White – who was 18 at the time of the murder – did not give evidence in court but had told police he and Johnson had met at a bar in December 1988.(BBC)…[+]