On 19 August singer-songwriter Emilio Rez, 24, was returning home on foot along Via Etruria in the S. Giovanni area of Rome. It was 03.00, but as he hurried along the street he was stopped by a man who asked him for directions. Rez showed him which way to go and continued down the road. Five minutes later he heard footsteps behind him: the man returned, shouting abuse, including ugly references to being gay, and threatening Rez with violence. He sought refuge in a bakery in Via Albalonga but he still wasn