A “straight” carer stabbed a man 12 times, just after they had sex, and then fled down the street, naked and covered in blood. A UK Court called out the man’s homophobia and sentenced him to three years imprisonment.
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“I’m not fucking gay”, is what Stephen Taylor, a 24-year-old from Liverpool screamed at his victim while stabbing him 12 times with a knife, apparently as a reaction to being rejected when he asked the victim to perform a sex act.
The night of the homophobic attack had started innocently enough when the victim met his attacker for the first time at drinks at a friend’s house in June 2020.
Taylor, who introduced himself at the time as “Tyson”, said he worked at a nursing home. It was established during the evening that Taylor was “straight” and the victim mentioned to Taylor that he was gay.
‘You’re Straight, I’m Gay’
Prosecutor Neil Bisarya, told the court that after drinking gin with the victim for a while, Taylor suddenly “leant over and grabbed his penis”. The victim protested, saying “bloody hell Tyson, what you doing?”, to which Taylor responded, “Don’t you want a bit of fun?”.
The victim replied with “you’re straight, I’m gay” and they laughed it off . But moments later Taylor kissed the victim, which was reciprocated.
The victim testified that he allowed Taylor to perform oral sex on him before they went upstairs to continue their hook-up. The encounter came to a halt when the victim refused to participate in a type of sex act that Taylor wanted, saying it “was not his thing”.
Things got quite hectic however when the pair ended up back downstairs to continue drinking. Taylor then requested the victim for a reciprocal blow job, which the victim declined.
“Mr Taylor was shouting, saying ‘I’m not fucking gay.’ Mr Taylor was in a rage,” the prosecutors said. “He was calling him a ‘fucking faggot’.”
“Let me call an ambulance, you don’t need to do this”, the victim pleaded with Taylor. But Taylor ignored him and shouted “homophobic” remarks at him, the prosecutor told the court.
The victim tried to flee naked from his apartment, only to be “rugby tackled” in the hallway by Taylor, also naked and covered in blood. The pair scuffled briefly and took a tumble down some stairs, before Taylor fled the scene and the victim called the police.
Taylor was picked up a short time later after the police responded to reports of a naked man running down the street. “I didn’t do it,” Taylor kept telling the police whilst being arrested for public indecency.
‘I Thought I was Going To Die’
The victim suffered numerous stab wounds to his face, chest and back and sustained a fractured foot in the fall down the stairs with his aggressor.
Since the homophobic attack, the victim, who up until the attack had been a mental health nurse, has been left “physically and emotionally broken”.
The court heard that the victim “thought he was going to die”. He has also been unable to continue in his career as a mental health nurse and told the court he now has to be medicated for sleep problems, depression, anxiety and PTSD and is undergoing counselling.
In a victim impact statement, the man said: “I feel I will never be the same again. What Stephen Taylor has done to me has both physically and emotionally broken me.”
Taylor, who claimed self defence, was cleared of wounding with intent but was found guilty on the lesser charge of wounding and received a jail sentence of three years.
‘Taylor Pestered The Victim For More Sex’
Anna Duke, defending, argued the victim was “the aggressor initially” and that Taylor, “maintains that he was struck over the head with a bottle and, as a reaction to being assaulted first by the complainant, he instinctively grabbed a knife.”
Judge Garrett Byrne told Taylor that he had “pestered” the victim for more sex. “After he declined, you lost your temper and attacked him… You were the aggressor at all times, other than when the victim was forced to hit you on the head with the glass,” the judge said.
Taylor cried as the judge continued, “Having seen the CCTV, it shows you are not trying to get out… it shows you detaining the victim in order to continue the attack.”, adding, “at least in part motivated by some homophobia, given the remarks attributed to you by the victim, which I conclude you did in fact use”.
After hearing the judgement of three years in prison, Taylor ripped off and threw his tag shouting at the judge, “You can f***ing have that mate.”
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