An article was published last week in the society section of the i newspaper from The Independent concerning two gay people getting married. While there may be nothing particularly newsworthy in the subject initially, the twist is that both men are in jail, with one sentenced to life in prison for a homophobic murder in 2007.
Marc Goodwin, 31, was convicted of the murder of 57-year-old Malcolm Benfold in Blackpool in 2007. In the hearing, the judge at Preston Crown Court listened to reports that Goodwin had talked about “gay bashing” prior to the fatal attack that saw Benfold brutally kicked and punched, subsequently killing him.
Next month, Goodwin is to marry Mikhail Gallatinov, 40, who is also serving a life sentence and must spend a minimum of 20 years in prison, as consequence of the murder of Adrian Kaminsky, 28, who he strangled to death in 1997. Gallatinov was described in Manchester Crown court as a ‘predatory paedophile.’
This gay wedding is thought to be the first in a UK prison. The ceremony will take place in the top-security Full Sutton Prison, which the two men are entitled to do under the Marriages Act 1983, although they will not go on to share a cell after their wedding. This ironic love story, with its convoluted 180-degree revelation, reinforces the fact that sometimes those who shout the loudest are trying to keep something quiet. While homophobic hate crime is prevalent across the UK, it would appear that there is often more to it than initially meets the eye.
Words: Martin Brown
Photography: MEN syndication