#Crime

Italian Gay Center Targeted, Robbed

A CCTV camera caught bulglars stealing goods and donations from an LGBT+ center in Rome, according to Pink News.

Italy's LGBT+ association assists LGBT people by providing services such as a hotline for victims of homophobic attacks. The association needs donations to keep the center running, but a group of people broke into the association's headquarters during the night between the 24th and the 25th and stole the equivalent of $11,400 in goods and donations.

The Gay Center's Facebook page created a post that denounced the bulglars and said that stealing donations which are used to temporarily shelter LGBT people and test for HIV and other STIs, is an act of cowardice. 

Fabrizio Marrazzo, the spokesperson for the Gay Center, said that there was emotional damage as well as financial damage. He noted that it was difficult for him to watch as the bulglars violating the rooms that the center uses every day to help people. He said, “The CCTV footage shows the thieves comfortably walking around and calmly pillaging whatever was available.” He believes that whoever was responsible for this crime must have planned it, as they seemed to know where they were going.

The thieves damaged property and stole several laptops and cellphones. To recover from the losses, Marrazzo launched a crowdfunding campaign to gain back the money that was lost and during the first few hours of the campaign being announced, people donated about €600, or approximately $683.

The Gay Center has been previously targeted by the far right group "Forza Nuova" (New Force) after a civil union bull was approved by Italian lawmakers. 

It's upsetting that donations were stolen because they do provide vital services, but Marrazzo is not going to stop assisting the LGBT+ association because he will not let bulglars destroy the center.


h/t: Pink News

Was This Killing a Case of Self-Defense for Ex-Model?

A former model has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after the murder of a man he met on the dating app Jack’d in April 2017 according the Daily Mail. David Keegan Riotto Haigh, 43, communicated with James Johnson Jr., 41, and arranged to meet up in Johnson’s Brooklyn apartment.

The two engaged in partying and drugs for about 48-hours. After Haigh wanted to leave, he claims that Johnson became violent and the two began to fight. The altercation ended in Haigh killing Johnson in what he calls ‘self-defense’.

Haigh called the police to report the incident at 5:58 a.m. to report the incident and authorities arrived to find Johnson in a pool of blood, with a knife sticking out of his chest, and bite marks all over his body. The apartment was in shambles and Haigh’s face covered in bruises and bite marks.

Still, Haigh’s argument in court was not convincing enough to a jury who found him guilty of manslaughter.

In court, Haigh said:

I took a life, a horrible fact that I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life. It was never my intention to take his life. My only intent was not to let him take mine. I simply had no other choice. I will live with this guilt for the rest of this life.

Haigh’s attorney has assured they will be filing an appeal for the sentence.

h/t: Daily Mail

While You Were Sleeping, This Guy Was Putting His Tongue To Work

Some folks in Salinas, CA woke to some weird activity at their front doors that was caught on their surveillance cameras early Saturday morning—and no, it wasn’t the postman.

Videos caught on doorbell cameras recorded a man licking the doorbell for lengthy periods of time. A new episode of My Strange Addiction? No, just someone who apparently really loves to play with people’s buzzers.

Authorities have identified the doorbell licker as Roberto Daniel Arroyo and they say he spent over 3 hours doing engaging in such activities around different homes in the neighborhood. Although no harm was really done, Arroyo could face two misdemeanors for petty theft and prowling—he has still not been detained.

Salinas resident Francisco Javier Estrada told KION:

Comical in a sense, but we have to keep our eyes open make sure it’s nothing more than that.

Yes! What if he starts licking door knobs!

h/t: KION

 

 

Uber Passenger Was Looking for More Than Just a Ride

One drunken night back in July, Christopher Wayne Jensen got into the front seat of an Uber and allegedly took out his penis and showed it to the male driver asking him, “Do you want to touch it?” and began masturbating, according to Press-Citizen. Talk about surging!

The driver pulled over and made Jensen get out of the car and filed a report against the rider from Coralville, IA, but it took several months for police to locate Jensen. The 27-year-old cooperated with police and was finally arrested because he doesn’t believe he actually did this. He doesn’t even remember the Uber driver.

Jensen told Press-Citizen:

I drank heavily and remember very little from that night, but I know what kind of person I am, and wouldn’t do something like this.

I don't know anything about the Uber driver or why he would say this but I know there has to be more to the story than what he's saying happened that night.

Jensen is fighting against the Indecent Exposure allegations:

I'm fighting to prove my innocence and hope people don't rush to judge until the courts decide whether I'm guilty or not.

The case is still under investigation, but you can be sure that Jensen might be trying Lyft from now on—so long as he doesn’t give them a TIP.

h/t: Press-Citizen

Catholic School Students Expelled and Arrested After Rape Video Surfaces

So far, six student football players who attended St.Michael's College School have been expelled and arrested after a video of them brutally sodomizing another student with a broomstick, Queerty reports.

St. Michael's is an all-boys Catholic school in Toronto for grades seven to twelve. The school immediately expelled four students after the video surfaced of students holding another boy's legs apart while others forcibly inserted a broomstick into him. Gruesome stuff.

Five of the six students turned themselves in, while the sixth one was arrested at school. The police have charged them gang sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, and assault. According to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, or RAINN, one in thirty-three men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetimes and that the 2014 National Crime Victimization survey revealed that 38% of rape survivors were men. 

During a recent press conference, Dominic Sinopoli, the Toronto Police Inspector, said that the police have good reason to believe that more videos of the same nature are in existence and, in fact, another video surfaced of basketball players slapping another boy who was stripped down to only his underwear which were wet, presumably from someone pouring water on him. 

These assaults are extremely sickening and enforces the fact that anyone of any age and sex can be victims of sexual crimes and that anyone can be the perpetrator of them. The five boys involved with the crime did the right thing by turning themselves in but the crime should not have been committed in the first place. These videos are a harrowing reminder of the prevalence of sexual crimes in the world. Thankfully, the majority of people would never think to do the horrible things done in the videos.


h/t: Queerty

Tanzania Just Lost $10 Million in Funding Over Homophobic Comments

Developmental Minister Ulla Tørnæs of Denmark showed that actions have consequences when she decided to withhold about what translates to $10 million in foreign aid to Tanzania following homophobic comments made by a Tanzanian official, according to LGBTQ Nation. Denmark is one of Tanzania's largest donors.

Recently, Paul Makonda, governor of Tanzania's capital Dar es Salaam, announced what could be called a witch hunt in which suspected gay people will be arrested on the basis of their sexuality. Makonda, a (misguided) Christian said that homosexuality is immoral and does not belong in Tanzania as he sees it as an affront to the Christian and Islamic values that are in place. He asked citizens to report anyone who they suspect is gay so that his ad-hoc team can arrest and persecute them.

Tørnæs expressed disappointment with the Tanzanian government for doing nothing about these comments as they have much wider implications. Recently, two men were arrested at a same-sex wedding and were forced to undergo anal examinations to prove their homosexuality. Amnesty International condemned the Tanzanian government for its indifference towards Makonda's comments as well as the anal examinations, saying that they are a form of torture. 

By refusing to give foreign aid to Tanzania, Tørnæs is showing the world that homophobia is unacceptable (although I guess we all kind of knew that anyway) and that if one tries to humiliate and incarcerate people based on an immutable characteristic, they should expect consequences. 


h/t: LGBTQ Nation 

Murder Suspect Claims There Were No Secrets in His Marriage

Earlier we wrote about the beginning stages of the court case of 37-year-old Mitesh Patel who was accused of killing his wife Jessica Patel. Mr. Patel was a prime suspect in the case and it was discovered that he had been cheating on his wife with various men using Grindr.

Now, the plot thickens as the trial unfurls with more details on the murder of Jessica Patel and the possible motives that Mitesh had to kill his wife.

Jessica was murdered by strangulation and suffocation with a plastic bag around her head. She was found bound by duct tape at the wrists and ankles. Mitesh called the police and said he was out and when he returned the home had been burglarized and she was dead. Authorities began to suspect Mitesh because he had scratches on his neck and then found the hard drive to their home security system buried in a suitcase. Not to mention, Mitesh had recently taken out a $2 million life insurance policy on his wife and also inquired about a will for he and his wife stating that the other would get everything should one of them die. Mitesh told police that the scratch was an injury he incurred at the gym, but his DNA was found under his wife’s fingernails.

One of the most horrific pieces of evidence is that Mitesh sent a text message to his wife asking her if he should order some pizza after the time she is assumed to have already been killed.

GazetteLive reports on the latest updates on the trial of this man who was leading a double life.

Several witnesses spoke on the trial that began presenting evidence on Thursday.

Jessica Patel’s uncle, Sharadkumar Patel shared that in 2012 Jessica mentioned to him that their marriage would not be going forward because they were having marital and intimacy issues. Mitesh would come home from work and go into another room to speak to another man, a doctor who lived in Australia.

The prosecution shared with jurors:

You will, however, hear that by the beginning of 2012, Mitesh Patel had met the man of his dreams.

The evidence shows that this relationship was not only passionate but that the two were in it with a view to spending the longest possible time together.

By February of that year, 2012, Mitesh Patel was to tell this man that he was the one for whom he had been waiting for nine years.

By the end of April just four months after they’d met, they were planning a life together in Australia.

It was also presented that from 2013-2018 Mitesh had searched the following phrases online:

  • “I need to kill my wife”
  • “insulin overdose”
  • “plot to kill my wife, why do I need co-conspirators”
  • “life after loss of spouse”,
  • “finding your way after losing a spouse”,
  • “coping with the death of your spouse”,
  • “The death of spouse, rebuilding your life after the first year”
  • “how do I arrange a funeral”
  • how much methadone will kill you

According to court reporting, Jessica had shared with her sister Divya that Mitesh had been violent toward her by putting his hands around her neck and sharing that he sometimes hurt her.

A pharmacy employee also shared that Patel would bring men into the pharmacy’s back door and lead him into the back to have sex. There is also footage of Mitesh kissing and cuddling with other men in the pharmacy. Men that his wife and the employee knew he was meeting on Grindr.

The Teesside Crown Court was presented with a series of text messages demonstrating the couple’s dealings with IVF. In a text message conversation on July 26, 2017 they discussed:

Mitesh Patel said:

Listen to me. If you still don’t want to do it, just say. We can stop, cancel and go our own ways. I’m being honest with you. I’ve done nothing wrong. I can’t carry on like this.

Jessica Patel:

Just think, you’re not being honest with me.

Mitesh:

Well that’s up to you. I’m not going through this every day. If we do the IVF I don’t want there to be any cracks in us. The way we behave with each other, that’ll affect our child.

Jessica:

Those texts and images tell me a different story to what you’re saying. I did say you’ll be forgiven. I want to be a mother and always have felt that since I got married. To have my own little family was my dream. I think it would be right to cancel for now.

Mitesh:

I think you’re mad. You can forgive me but I won’t forgive you for this.

Earlier in 2018 the couple vacationed in India where Mitesh Patel paid for a male prostitute. He also began looking for properties in Sydney while his wife continued IVF treatment.

The prosecution also presented several other pieces of evidence that Mitesh was engaging in sexual relations with other men in the home he shared with his wife. The prosecution said, however, that Mitesh asserts they had no secrets and does admit to meeting a ‘handful’ of men on Grindr.

The trial over the death of Jessica Patel continues, but this evidence is very clear.

h/t: GazetteLive

Michael Avenatti Has Been Arrested on Suspicion of Felony Domestic Battery

This just in: Michael Avenatti has been arrested on felony domestic violence charges. 

As reported by TMZ, this all started Tuesday night when Avenatti, attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, had an altercation with an unnamed woman at an exclusive apartment in the wealthy neighborhood of Century City in Los Angeles. 

The woman filed a felony domestic violence report with police. 

Then on Wednesday afternoon, the woman was on the sidewalk with sunglasses on her eyes, on her cellphone saying,”I can't believe you did this to me. I'm going to get a restraining order against you."

She alleges had been kicked out of the apartment on Tuesday. She went back Wednesday to pick up her belongings.

Security took the woman inside. Then Avenatti showed up five minutes later, yelling:

"She hit me first. This is bullshit; this is fucking bullshit.” 

Security wouldn’t let him into the building. 

Related: Michael Avenatti's Client Claims Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Assaulted Him Last Month

Police arrived on the scene and briefly spoke with Avenatti in the corner of the lobby. According to TMZ, Avenatti is now in police custody.

In recent months, Avenatti had been hinting at a potential presidential bid. He’s even hit up states like Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Iowa. 

"A number of people have stepped forward and said that they would do whatever I needed in the way of financial support, as well as introductions, hosting events, things of that nature," Avenatti told The Hollywood Reporter in August.

Somehow it doesn’t seem like that’s ever going to happen. 

For more on this breaking story, visit TMZ.

h/t: THR

After Cheating on His Wife With Other Men on Grindr, Man is Prime Suspect in Her Murder

On May14th, 34-year-old Jessica Patel was found dead in her home of Middlesbrough, England. Her husband, 37-year-old Mitesh Patel is accused of her murder. Patel and his wife were pharmacists who ran a business together according to GazetteLive. Patel denies murdering his wife, but it is known that he had cheated on her numerous times with men who he had met on the gay hookup app Grindr.

In order to get a fair trial, High Court judge Mr. Justice James Goss QC was careful to inform potential jurors that anyone who was familiar with Grindr would not be allowed to serve as a juror.

He shared with jurors at the Teesside Crown Court:

It is agreed that during the course of the marriage, the defendant Mitesh Patel had been unfaithful to his wife, including having met men for sexual intercourse.

Some of them he met using a social networking site called Grindr.

In a moment the names of witnesses and others to whom reference may be made during the trial will be read out to you.

If you know any of them and believe that that knowledge of them is sufficient to compromise your objectivity as you consider the evidence, you should indicate that in a note that you write to me.

It is agreed between the prosecution and defence and approved by me that in order to seek to ensure your objectivity as potential jurors in this case, if you have frequented the Roman Road pharmacy in Linthorpe over the last seven years, or you have used the Grindr app at any time over the same period, that’s in the last seven years, you should be excused from sitting in this case.

If you entertain any doubt about any names you’ve heard, put that in a note as well.

There’s no rush. This is important. So think about it all.

The trial began on November 13th with a jury of six men and six women and two additional women as ‘surplus jurors’.

The trial will continue with opening arguments by Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC and is expected to go until December 7th. It is likely that Mitesh Patel will plead not guilty.

This story is developing as the trial continues.

h/t: GazetteLive

 

Have You Seen the Video of a Group of Trans Women Beating Up a Man for Insulting Them?

Around 2 a.m. on June 24th in the Leicester Square tube station in London, three transgender women and their friend attacked a man who allegedly shouted a slur at the group. According to DailyMail, the group of drunken women continuously beat the man after a crowd of people attempted to stop them. Meanwhile, others shouted “Fight! Fight! Fight!” perpetuating the situation.

The victim of the ‘heinous attack’ was rushed to the hospital with several lacerations and a black eye.

The assailants include Tylah-Jo Bryan, Amarnih Lewis-Daniel, Tamzin Lush, and Hannah Bryan who were arrested after the violent crime.

Their assault was so bad that the Westminster magistrate, Kristy Walker, asserted the offense was too serious to deal with in a regular court and would have to escalate to the crown court. The four are awaiting sentencing at Blackfriars crown court, but no date has been set.

No other information on condition of the victim.

Check out the graphic video of the attack below. WARNING: it includes sensitive visuals that are not suitable for everyone.

 

Is this a case of three trans women standing up for themselves that went too far?

Or did this guy get what he had coming?

h/t: DailyMail

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