Suspect detained after gay male beaten with glass container in 'hate-motivated' attack

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  • Suspect detained after gay male beaten with glass container in 'hate-motivated' attack
  • Suspect detained after gay male beaten with glass container in 'hate-motivated' attack

    John-Paul Kesseler was target to an unprovoked homophobic assault after holding an additional man's hand in public (Twitter\/@jpkesseler)

    A man has actually been arrested on suspicion of executing a homophobic assault on a gay man with a glass bottle in Birmingham's Gay Village.

    John-Paul Kesseler was walking back to a hotel in the early hrs of 10 October when a man approached him and also his good friend and informed them they shouldn't be holding hands.

    Kesseler was left covered in blood after he was struck across the head with a glass bottle. There prevailed shock as well as outrage when he shared a photo showing his injuries on social media.

    West Midlands Authorities jailed a guy on Thursday (21 October) on uncertainty of injuring with intent to trigger severe bodily harm.

    In a statement, examining policemans said they analysed CCTV footage as well as quickly determined a suspect after the assault. Cops ultimately attempted to detain the suspect on a variety of events at numerous addresses and police officers executed various other queries in a quote to track him down.

    The suspicious finally handed himself right into authorities prior to 11.30 get on Thursday early morning, police officers stated.

    James Littlehales, Birmingham Police superintendent, claimed detectives think the \"horrible attack\" was \"motivated by hate\".

    \" Hate crime as well as keeping people secure in our nightlife centres are concerns for us,\" Littlehales stated.

    \" Everyone must feel risk-free and comfy to be who they are, we will not endure any person being targeted this way.

    \" This type of offense is entirely undesirable as well as wrongdoers need to comprehend we take it exceptionally seriously which they face time in prison.\"

    Authorities stated they are remaining to check out a number of other thought homophobic hate criminal offenses that have taken place in and around the city's Gay Village in recent weeks. Investigators said they are \"figured out to obtain justice for targets\".

    John-Paul Kesseler claimed he was \"really happy for all the hard work the authorities have actually put in\" to the examination on Twitter quickly after West Midlands Authorities announced that they had actually made an arrest.

    Kesseler is simply among lots of queer individuals to have actually been assaulted in Birmingham in recent weeks and months. A wedded gay couple were beaten with containers and required healthcare facility treatment in August after they were targeted in the Gay Town.

    In early October, Matt Brooks was left in need of emergency situation surgery to save his vision after he was punched in the face in the Gay Village.

    The spate of attacks has led to boosted cops patrols and a \u20a4 200,000 injection of funding to support victims of hate criminal offense in Birmingham.

    City officials are also thinking about presenting 24-hour public transportation in the city in an initiative to secure down on homophobic hate criminal offenses.

    Birmingham locals are organizing a demonstration in the city on Sunday (24 October) to reveal solidarity with LGBT people who have been targeted in violent hate criminal offenses.

    Protesters will certainly gather at 1pm in the \"Pagoda Island\" Chinese Yard in Holloway Circus, which is simply outdoors Birmingham's LGBT Centre. The demo will certainly mark the second protest versus anti-LGBT attacks in the city in current weeks.

    The objection has been arranged by a group calling itself Birmingham Against LGBTQI Hate. In a news release, Salman Mirza-- that orgnaised the very first protest-- claimed: \"The demonstration is a sign of uniformity. We're primarily saying: 'This is not acceptable and also we will not tolerate it.'

    \" We are joined versus this sort of bigotry. We're additionally extremely upset. Why is this going on? You do not have to become part of the LGBTQ neighborhood to stand versus these crimes.\"