Murder of Anthony Walker
21 February 1987
Huyton, Merseyside, England
|Died||30 July 2005
Huyton, Merseyside, England
|Cause of death||Blood loss from an axe wound to the head|
|Known for||Victim of a racist murder|
|Parents||Steve Walker (father)
Gee Walker (mother)
|Relatives||Dominique Walker (sister)|
Anthony Walker (21 February 1987 – 30 July 2005) was a black British student of African descent from Huyton, Merseyside, England, who was murdered with an ice axe by Michael Barton and his cousin Paul Taylor, in an unprovoked racist attack. Walker was eighteen years old and was in his second year of A-levels. He lived with his mother Gee Walker, his father Steve Walker, his two sisters and one brother.
Passing life sentences on Taylor and Barton, with minimum terms of 23 years and eight months for Barton, 17 years and eight months for Taylor, Lord Justice Leveson said that the cousins had perpetrated a "terrifying ambush" and a "racist attack of a type poisonous to any civilised society".
Three other people were later found guilty of helping Barton and Taylor flee to the Netherlands before their eventual arrest. On 10 May 2006 Robert Williams was convicted of providing money and booking a hotel room for the pair. He was sentenced to two years and four months. Paul Morson was sentenced to 11 months in prison for providing a getaway car. Tracy Garner admitted assisting an offender and received an 11-month suspended sentence and 50 hours of community service.
Although they drew frequent comparisons, many denied that there were similarities between Walker's killing and that of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. One such critic was Labour MP Edward O'Hara, who stated that, although there was a "certain surface comparison", Walker's killing was "random, exceptional and representative of absolutely nothing".
Walker's mother explained her attitude towards her son's killers, saying "I have to forgive them. I can't feel anger and hatred, because that is what killed my son". However, Walker's girlfriend Louise, who was present on the night of his murder, said she never would forgive them adding, "I hate them for what they have done. Anthony and I shared something special. Now he has been taken away from me by those two evil young men. I still feel that he (Anthony Walker) is around. Yesterday, I sent Anthony a text and just told him he (Barton) had been found guilty. It seemed the natural thing to do."
Anthony Walker Law Scholarship
On 2 April 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service announced a legal scholarship in Walker's memory. The scheme will offer one place in CPS Merseyside to a trainee solicitor who wants to become a fully fledged solicitor or barrister. It is open to any black or ethnic minority person who has secured or intends to apply for a place to study the LPC or BPTC full-time.
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- "CPS Anthony Walker Law Scholarship launched". Crown Prosecution Service. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2011.