Third coronial inquest finds that 27-year-old US mathematician was killed in wave of homophobic attacks in Sydney in 1980s, and did not kill himself

A third inquest into the cliff-fall death of Scott Johnson has ruled he was the victim of a gay-hate attack, vindicating his family’s enduring belief that he was targeted during Sydney’s notorious wave of homophobic crime in the 1980s.

The state coroner has also criticised the early police investigation into the US mathematician’s death, saying investigators had rushed to their finding of suicide.

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