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Two Charged in Gay Jamaican’s Murder

Jim Burroway

March 18th, 2009

The Jamaica Star is reporting a rare occurrence in that country: two men were charged in the murder of a gay man:

Two men charged with the murder of a man whose decomposing body was recently found in Havendale, St.Andrew, are accused of killing the man because it was believed that he was gay, the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court heard.

Charged with murder are Dwayne Gordon, 23, and Andy Williams.

The allegations are that Gordon was being interviewed by the police as a possible witness to the crime. His statement however turned into a confession. He reportedly told the police that on February 23, he and Williams stabbed Dane Harris several times.

There is one element in this case worth watching: the possible introduction of the “gay panic” defense. There also appears to be an element of possible wrongdoing on the part of the police:

The body of the deceased was found on February 26. Gordon told the court that Williams was just a contractor he had met through a relative. When asked if the statement he gave to the police was false, he told the court that the police told him to sign a document and then he saw them writing.

This appears to have been a particularly grisly murder. According to an earlier report, Dane Harris’ decomposing body was discovered with multiple stab wounds. Both hands had been severed from his body and were missing.



Richard W. Fitch
March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Right. They thought he might be gay so they panicked, cut off his hands so he couldn’t fondle them, and then (in their panic) proceeded to stab him multiple times. right….

March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Its like a sport for these ppl. Going around killing gay ppl.

Make sure you dont LOOK gay cause your fate will rest in the hands of an athlete.

Lynn David
March 18th, 2009 | LINK

Gordon told the court that Williams was just a contractor he had met through a relative.

Well, isn’t it nice to find something over which to bond with your fellow man. Geesh….

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