A gay man was thrown off a bridge and nearly killed after rejecting advances from a married straight man, his partner claimed.
Maioha Tokotaua, 33, found his 25-year-old husband Joth Wilson’s ‘mangled’ body lying unconscious under a train bridge in Gladstone, near Queensland in Australia in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Wilson, who remains on life support, was found with broken bones, burns, a brain hemorrhage and a severed spinal cord.
If he survives, it is likely he will never walk again.
Tokotaua, who has been at Wilson’s bedside for six days, believes the culprit was a married man with children who kept harassing the couple on New Year’s Eve, and made an advance his husband rejected.
Wilson had gone back into town before midnight on 31 December to buy a final packet of cigarettes before the couple planned to give them up as a resolution.
After his husband had been gone for hours, Tokotaua found him at 2am on New Year’s Day beneath an 8m high train bridge. His husband’s wallet was missing.
‘I found him after two hours, on the train tracks. He looked mangled,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘It was a gay hate crime.’
The couple, legally married in New Zealand, were visiting family in Australia. They have three adopted children and have helped raise 15 foster children.
Police believe Wilson’s burns came from the power lines above the railway tracks, but Tokotaua believes it could have been a ‘chemical or lighter fluid’ that was poured on hi and set alight.
Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Lindsay of the Gladstone police Criminal Investigations Branch said: ‘The investigation of a third party being involved is still being investigated.’