A witness has told the third inquest into the death of 27-year-old Scott Johnson that a group called the Narrabeen Skinheads bragged about assaulting an “American faggot” in December 1988.
It was around the same time the talented mathematician plunged to his death off North Head in Sydney.
The ABC lost a legal bid to report on proceedings inside the closed court.
But in a statement tendered to the court, the man who cannot be identified described how the gang would meet at the Narrabeen bus terminus on Friday nights.
The group had shaved heads and wore cherry or black-coloured Doc Marten boots and bleached blue jeans.
The witness said that after consuming a case of beer, the group would travel to a toilet block in Surry Hills to find men they thought were gay, and bash them.
“A member of the group had also said that sometimes they went to a gay beach at Manly looking for guys to bash.”
The statement said that in 2013 police were tipped off about the gang’s activities relating to a number of gay bashings at Narrabeen and Surry Hills between 1988 and 2001.
It said members of the group “bragged” about “having bashed an ‘American faggot’ they had found lying naked” at Manly or North Head near a beach.
Earlier the inquest heard the area was a gay beat where men met for casual sex.
The statement said the gang “chased him into the bush,” and “that bashing had occurred on a Friday night in about mid December 1988”.
Mr Johnson died on Friday December 10, 1988.
His naked body was recovered from the bottom of a cliff, 60 metres below where his neatly folded clothes were found.
Speaking outside the court, Scott Jonson’s brother Steve Johnson said “the evidence keeps accumulating to support the likelihood that Scott met with violence”.
The inquest continues.