Teens 'invited to watch' gay murder

2014-03-28 11:03
David Olyn, from Ceres, who was murdered in an apparent hate crime. (Mambaonline, via Facebook)

David Olyn, from Ceres, who was murdered in an apparent hate crime. (Mambaonline, via Facebook)

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Cape Town - A man has appeared in court in connection with the murder of a gay man in Ceres last weekend, Western Cape police say.

Colonel Andre Traut told News24 that the 28-year-old suspect was arrested last Sunday and appeared in court on a charge of murder on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and will return to court on 3 April.

Die Son newspaper reported that David Olyn, 21, from Ceres, was tortured and killed in what appeared to be a hate crime. He was openly gay and had participated in local drag pageants.

A group of youths, aged between 14 and 18, were reportedly drinking near a local dam on Saturday when a man invited them to come and watch how he was "going to kill a moffie [gay man]". They then witnessed the man bash the victim on his head with a brick and jump on his face. Olyn was apparently tied up with wire, and made groaning sounds throughout the ordeal.

According to Mambaonline, the youths then wandered off and only returned the next day to see if Olyn was still alive. They then told a woman about the crime, and she contacted the police.

Johan Meyer, the health manager at OUT LGBT Well-being, told Mambaonline that the alleged killer's intention to "kill a moffie" clearly indicates this was a hate crime, and called on authorities to take strong action against the suspect.

Traut said the case was being investigated, but that no further arrests have been made.

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