ADT is the pseudonym for a Yorshireman, born 1948, who was convicted in 1996 for consensual sex under Section 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, which made gay sex illegal if more than two peole were present. The police had found a video of up to four men having oral sex at a party at his home. He was given a conditional discharge, but appealed to the European Court of Human Rights which found that the case had violated fundamental principles by breaching the man's "right to respect for a private family life". In 2000 the British Government was forced to pay him compensation of nearly £21,000.
See also: Bolton Seven.
This case led the way for further reform of the law.
- ↑ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/landmark-ruling-means-gay-sex-law-must-change-710522.html Daily Telegraph, 1 August 2000