Jamaica man savagely attacked by mob for allegedly having gay sex

Two young men are reported to have been caught trying to have gay sex in a Jamaican university, one escaped the other was beaten by a cheering mob and security officers who were supposed to protect him

Jamaica man savagely attacked by mob for allegedly having gay sex
02 November 2012

Two young men were attacked and brutally beaten by a mob of onlookers, and security officers of a Jamaican university.

Gay Star News have received unconfirmed preliminary reports from Jamaica that yesterday evening (1 November) two young men were caught having sex in the toilets at the University of Technology (U-Tech) Jamaica.

According to the reports, they were spotted and captured by a mob.

Apparently the two young men tried to escape, however one was caught and brought to the security office of U-Tech where he beaten by the campus security officers, who were supposed to protect him from the mob hurling anti-gay abuse at him.

Reports suggest he may have also suffered violence prior to that by a mob of students and onlookers.

During the video some of the campus security officers were brutally beating the young man while onlookers cheered and laughed at him, some calling to ‘kill the batty-boy’.

From the video it seems the young man has been taken into police custody, while the other has managed to escape.

Update 2:30 GMT: The young man was taken to the police station where he was held in custody. He was later picked up by his parents and given a letter stating he should seek urgent medical attention.

The police station confirmed his parents collected him and he is being requested to return and file a report as soon as possible after seeking medical attention.

In addition the police stated that an investigation will be launched and the university security officers, and will be charged if found guilty. 

Dionne Jackson Miller, a Jamaican journalist commented on her Facebook page about the incident: ‘I am sad and sickened tonight.

‘Security guards at one of our universities beating up a young man because he was allegedly found engaging in homosexual acts.

‘I also continue to wonder at my friends with their heads deep in the sand insisting that we are not a homophobic society. Really? This young man is hit and kicked by a "security "guard" while excited crowds gather outside.

‘And for those who will wilfully twist my words – you are adept at that – this has nothing to do with approval of or belief in a lifestyle.

‘This is about a society that winks at barbarism and turns its head away insisting it is not happening, apparently all the reports of abuse are made up!!! And you wonder why we are seen as homophobic?’

Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican lawyer and leading LGBT rights advocate, also condemned the incident saying the beating was ‘savage’.

‘I taught at UTech until this August and one of my former LGBT students wrote me in a panic. He is scared to return to the campus because of the strong anti-gay sentiments.

‘The Jamaican religious right keeps claiming all attacks are gay on gay violence. They even have the police saying this foolishness.

‘While the Jamaican government refuses to show leadership on the issue of human rights of LGBT people.’

Omar Kuddus, a UK based LGBT and human rights advocated stated: ‘This case shows that social attitudes to LGBT people in Jamiaca have not changed much.

‘Homophobia is rife while the country’s president has all but abondened her pledge to protect Jamaican LGBT people and repeal  the Jamaica’s anti-gay buggery laws.’

‘It is high time she renewed her commitment to these pledges and take the necessary steps to put them into policy and law reform.’

Gay Star News is investigating the incident and will publish more details as soon as they become available.

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