A gay man was thrown off a bridge after rejecting the advances of a married man, according to his partner.
Joth Wilson, 25, was found under a train bridge after the horrific attack. He was left with a broken neck, back, four broken ribs, a brain hemorrhage, a severed spinal cord and shocking burns over almost half his body.
The man is now fighting for his life in hospital. Even if he does survive, he’s not expected to ever be able to walk again.
Joth’s partner has now spoken out to say “it was a gay hate crime”.
The attack allegedly happened after he refused the advances of a married man who wanted sex.
Joth’s husband, Maioha Tokotaua, 33, believes he was targeted by a man he knew who is married to a woman and has kids.
Maioha said: “There were these guys who had been harassing us for some time after one of them, who is married with children, made an advance that Joth rejected. There’s no money involved, no drugs, no debt – there’s just no motive for the attack other than they were intimidated that we might tell their families.”
The attack happened on New Year’s Eve when Joth popped out to visit the shops. It wasn’t until New Year’s Day that he was found, after hours of searching for where he had gone. His mangled body was found below a bridge at 2am.
The attack happened in Queensland, Australia, where the couple were visiting. Between them, they’ve fostered 15 children, and said they can think of no motivation for the attack other than the married man. The police are investigating the case. Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay said: “We are trying to work out the circumstances as to him being at the bottom of the bridge. The investigation of a third party being involved is still being investigated.”