The ex-wife of the man convicted of murdering Scott Johnson in a murder allegedly motivated by anti-gay hatred has told a NSW Supreme Court sentencing that she had heard, then her husband had told her “the only good poofter is a dead poofter”.
But the court also heard convicted murderer Scott White was gay himself – and claimed he and Johnson came to blows over North Head before the 27-year-old American mathematician fell to his death a 60-meter cliff on December 8. , 1988.
On Monday, Johnson’s loved ones, including his brother Steve, looked his killer in the eye for the first time. White – dressed in prison greens, with a shaved head – looked back, occasionally shaking his head as he read tearful victim statements in court.
Becca Johnson told the court she was not a mathematician like her late older brother, but had calculated that it had been 33 years, 4 months and 22 days since his death, almost six years longer than he did. was alive.
During that time, she said, White had the opportunity “to breathe, to hike mountains, to solve problems, to take long runs in the sun, to love deeply, to have a family, to give back to the world. These are years and opportunities that have passed away for Scott.
Speaking directly to White, she said, “You took Scott from the world”.
Helen White, who was in a relationship with the killer from 1992 to 2008, told the court that shortly before the couple split, she read a newspaper article about Johnson’s death and asked White if he was responsible. She said her answer implied he was.
“He said, ‘The only good fool is a dead fool,’ to which I said, ‘So you threw him off the cliff,'” she told the court.
“He said, ‘It’s not my fault the idiot ran off the cliff’ and I said, ‘Well, it’s if you chased him.’ ”