John M. Becker

Teens Watch as Gay Man is Beaten, Set on Fire

Filed By John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: barbarity, burned alive, David Olyn, gay-bashing, hate crime, South Africa, violence

david-olyn-south-africa.jpgDavid Olyn, a 21-year-old gay man from Ceres, South Africa, was brutally tortured, beaten, and set on fire two weekends ago, South African LGBT news site Mamba Online reports.

The savage murder was witnessed by a group of eight teens between the ages of 14 and 18, who did nothing to intervene and did not even report the crime until the next day.

By that time, of course, Olyn (right) was already dead. A 28-year-old man has been charged with the barbaric crime.

From Mamba Online:

[That] evening, the youths from the Belle Vista neighbourhood were drinking near a local dam when they were invited by a man to watch how he was "going to kill a moffie [fag]."

They arrived on the scene where they found the victim already covered in blood and tied up with wire.

The teens were urged to watch as the alleged attacker bashed Olyn on the head with a brick and jumped on his face while shouting in Afrikaans, "voetsek" ["fuck off"].

Throughout the ordeal, Olyn only made groaning noises, said the teenagers. The alleged killer then placed branches around the victim and set him on fire.

Shockingly, the young witnesses wandered off without telling anyone about the incident. They returned to the scene the next morning to see if Olyn was still alive.

Only then did they inform a woman about the lifeless and half-naked burnt body. She in turn called the police.

South Africa's Department of Justice is monitoring the case and issued a statement strongly condemning "all acts of violence against gays and lesbians."

Olyn's alleged murderer will next appear in court on April 3.


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