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Plays, films, art and books have covered the issues surrounding the murder.
Sophie Lancaster (born 26 November 1986) was a former pupil at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School and Haslingden High School, and a gap year student planning to attend Accrington and Rossendale College to do an English degree.
As a result of the severe head injuries Lancaster sustained in the attack, she went into a coma from which she never regained consciousness and died of her injuries thirteen days later.
The police said the attack may have been linked to the couple wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture.
On 18 October at Burnley Youth Court all five were committed for trial at Preston Crown Court.
A preliminary hearing was held on 31 October 2007, where the five accused faced a charge of murder for the death of Lancaster and a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent for the assault on Maltby.
The murder of Sophie Lancaster occurred in the United Kingdom in 2007.
The victim and her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, were attacked by a number of teenage boys while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire on 11 August 2007.
The police identified the gothic dress of the couple as a possible motivation for the attack.
The jury heard extensive descriptions of the severity of the attack from a number of witnesses and through a recorded phone conversation taken at the time.
At the conclusion of the trial on 27 March 2008, Brendan Harris was found guilty of murder, and the judge allowed the names of both Harris and Herbert, which had been concealed during the trial, to be made public.
we need an ambulance at Bacup Park, this mosher has just been banged because he’s a mosher".
Witnesses said that afterwards, "The killers celebrated their attack on the goths – or "moshers" – by telling friends afterwards that they had "done summat [something] good," and claiming: "There's two moshers nearly dead up Bacup park – you wanna see them – they're a right mess".