Yesterday, in an Australian Court, Englishman Alexander Christian York was sentenced to Five Years max for the stabbing death of Scottish biochemist Rudi Boa during an argument over evolution. The argument happened in January of Last Year. York, traveling alone, and Boa, with his girlfriend, were backpacking in Blowering Holiday Park, near Tumut, New South Wales, when Boa suffered mortal wounds at the hand of York.
Tumut is a tourist destination at which visitors pick fruit, and stay in tents and trailers. York and Boa, together with Boa’s girlfriend Gillian Brown, were neighbors in the caravan park. They had been getting along very well, and spent the night of January 27th drinking at Tumut’s Star Hotel.
That is when an arguement about creationism vs. evolution erupted and escalated to the level of a shouting match. Brown and Boa , biomedical scientists, had been arguing the case for evolution. York was a creationist. The argument, it appears, continued for a while then settled down.
According to Justice Michael Adams, making this statement during the sentencing hearing:
Although this became perhaps a little sharp edged, it did not really amount to anything,…
For some reason, however … the offender’s mood changed suddenly and he began to abuse Mr Boa and Ms Brown.
There was no hint of a physical confrontation and what happened amounted to little more than a brief verbal contretemps.
Later, back at the campgrounds, the drinking continued and the argument accelerated again. By later that evening, all three were quite drunk.
According to Brown (the girlfriend), York (the creatinist) was making dinner when he attacked the couple outside of his tent, fatally stabbing Boa (the biochemist) with a kitchen knife.
York, for his part, claimed he had lashed out at Boa in self defense. The Wagga Wagga NSW court found York guilty of manslaughter in July.
Stabbing an evolutionist to death, In Australia, is not considered a serious offense if you are a person of good character. According to the judge, Justice Adams:
I do not believe that he took aim but rather thrust out…
I think he knew that the knife was in his hand … but he did not actually turn his mind to the potentially serious consequences of doing this.
The offender is a person of good character and the offense is a complete aberration.