Man charged with Bickley ‘homophobic’ murder

A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder after the double stabbing of an elderly gay couple.

Gerry Edwards, 59 was knifed to death in the suspected homophobic attack at their home in Bickley on Wednesday night.

His long-term partner, Chris Bevan, 56, was also repeatedly stabbed injured at their home on Page Heath Villas around 8pm. Police say he is “clinging to life” in hospital – Edwards died at the scene,

David Kilcullen, 46, from Bickley in Bromley, Kent, will stand trial for murder and attempted murder.

He will appear at Greenwich Magistrates Court today.

A 59-year-old man also arrested in connection with the attack was bailed to return in April pending further inquiries.

Survivor gives Det “vital clues”

Mr Bevan, who survived the attack has given detectives vital clues. Det Ch Insp Cliff Lyons said:

“A man came to the premises, it would appear, and, from the information given by one of the surviving victims, it was a homophobic attack. That is a line of inquiry that we are pursuing.”

It is thought they had been living together for a number of years.

The detective refused to be drawn on whether the couple had been targeted in the past but admitted an attack on two people in their home was a “very unusual crime”. He added:

“That particular night it was quite windy, there was heavy rain and it would be quite unusual for individuals to be around at that time of night.”

Bevan worked as a healthcare assistant and had been a member of Unison for a number of years.

Police keeping an ‘open mind’

Police say they are keeping an open mind about the attack but a murder enquiry has been launched.

The detective added:

“We have found no evidence of a break-in and we are not ruling out that it may have been a homophobic attack.”