Stables has claimed he is bisexual but had repressed his sexuality because his ‘Right-wing’ grandfather would have been ‘disgusted’ with him.
This, it was suggested in court, was the reason for his hatred of the gay community.
Harry and Jen Stables treasure the scrapbooks they lovingly compiled during their grandson Ethan’s childhood.
Flicking through the pages, they pore over pictures that portray an idyllic upbringing in Cumbria, with outdoor adventures, picnics and fancy-dress parties.
Married for 48 years, the Stables — a traditional couple who only ever wanted the best for Ethan, whom they describe as a bright but deeply troubled child — look bewildered as they try to make sense of this nightmare.‘If Ethan had ever said to me he was gay or bisexual, it wouldn’t have bothered me at all.