Inspector John MacLennan of the Royal Hong Kong Police was found dead in his flat with five bullet wounds in his chest on January 15, 1980. Photo: SCMP

Gay Hong Kong policeman’s 1980 gun death: unanswered questions remain

Thirty-eight years ago this week, John MacLennan died of gunshot wounds; a public inquiry heard claims he’d been hounded into killing himself because of his homosexuality. It’s a case with lessons still for a socially conservative city

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Inspector John MacLennan of the Royal Hong Kong Police was found dead in his flat with five bullet wounds in his chest on January 15, 1980. Photo: SCMP
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