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Gay prisoner in Mexico blinded following attack by cellmate who gouged his eyes

Victim's partner claims homophobia by prison officials led to neglect in responding to the emergency
Monday, January 13, 2014

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — A gay prisoner in Mexico remains hospitalized and recovering from injuries after his cellmate gouged out his eyes.

In the Dec. 23 incident first reported over the weekend, 25 year-old Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez was attacked while prison authorities were not monitoring the cells.

Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez

Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez

His accused assailant, José Francisco Aguilar Hernández, said he was under the influence of marijuana and got annoyed when Martínez started to masturbate in the cell. Hernández allegedly beat Martínez and plucked his eyes with his own hands.

Prison authorities reported that the jail’s video surveillance system is broken, filmed evidence of the attack is unavailable.

Martínez’s partner, José Guadalupe Castillón Barajas, is holding the prison authorities responsible for procedural irregularities and claims homophobia led to neglect in responding to the emergency.

Barajas said that he was only informed hours later that there had been a quarrel in which his boyfriend had been seriously injured.

He also said that as he arrived at the prison, authorities told him his partner’s eyes were plucked out but prevented him from immediately visiting him in his cell.

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He further alleged that Martínez was left lying on the floor of his cell for over an hour in his own blood with his eyeballs next to his head while the prison doctor was out for breakfast.

Medical officials had hope to save Martínez’ right eye but were unsuccessful, and indicate he will be blind for life.

The Regional Prosecutor of Justice has opened an investigation to determine responsibilities, including prison staff that were responsible for the facility’s security.

Barajas also claimed that authorities knew Hernández suffered from a serious mental health illness, which made him dangerous yet, still chose to put him in a cell with Martínez.

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  1. This world is just….so. fucked. up

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:29am
  2. :S pobre chavo

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:30am
  3. holy crap!! i hope some justice is served!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:30am
  4. Smh ..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:31am
  5. Their is a lot of homophobia. This is sad and wrong. A lot of gay people receive no true justice. When it comes to the gay community a lot of people are given a slap on the wrist. Its time to see lgbt receiving the same amount of justice. Everyone is equal and deserves the same rights and protections.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:32am
  6. So sad, what a horrible story.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:34am
  7. Smh.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:34am
  8. horrible…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:34am
  9. Sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:35am
  10. God bless this guy!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:37am
  11. Okay yes, this is messed up. But it’s silly to play the homophobia card. And half of the expressed outrage in this article is not warranted. First off, yes he was informed hours later. So? He’s a boyfriend, that’s how it works. I’m surprised he was notified by authorities at all. Second, of COURSE they didn’t let him go to the cell. That’s NOT a surprise. And inmates are not supervised 24/7 in their cells, especially not in Mexico. Yes it’s horrible, but this article blows everything else out of proportion.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:39am
  12. STFU you nasty pig-c**t!! stupid, brainless bitch...

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:56am
  13. Did you even read the article or just decided to open your ignorant mouth? He should have been notified immediately, especially if he was on record as his next of kin. That's how it works. Second, they had no right not to let him see him. His bf was injured. Third, inmates are supervised 24/7, they might not be under surveillance in their cells, but are indeed supervised 24/7. Fourth, " serious mental health illness, which made him dangerous yet." He should have been placed in a cell alone. And fifth, you're a complete idiot.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:00am
  14. Thomas, I feel like you have no idea what you're talking about...I can't even really respond to what you just wrote because much of it has no basis in reality. A boyfriend has no rights to an inmate unless listed as an emergency contact, and even then it is limited. Nowhere does it say he was next of kin. You literally just made that up in your head. I won't resort to name calling, Sorry but I learned to respect others back in grade school. You should try it?

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:02am
  15. Once again; Mexico is a place I wouldn’t want to visit.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:41am
  16. WTF

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:41am
  17. Gouged out his eyes?! I can’t fucking believe the world we live in. This is so disturbing.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:41am
  18. This is homophobia no matter how you look at it. Homophobics are the ones messed up.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:46am
  19. Very sad

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:53am
  20. Alanna, those with eyes may not actually see, they are blinded by the bigot inside them. That’s you!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:55am
  21. I really wanted to reply to every sentence she wrote, but couldn't formulate sentences in my own anger. You did it perfectly.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:11am
  22. Insane. Poor man. Can’t even imagine the terror he went through during his attack.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:00am
  23. PV is actually a fun place for gays to visit.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:01am
  24. Just don’t get arrested.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:01am
  25. Stupid. Just stupid. Even if this guy was in jail, did he deserve such a treatment??

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:23am
  26. I’m ashamed to be a part of this world. ugh i hate homophobes. when will the hate towards gay people stop?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:15am
  27. Yep I’m blinded alright. Blinded by general knowledge of the criminal justice and corrections systems. Get real.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:15am
  28. You get real, you claim knowledge. But have none.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:04am
  29. When is the last time you visited someone in the system? I'd love to know.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:05am
  30. Alanna you are not worth my engery.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:23am
  31. Alanna Reilly isn’t saying what happened is ok, she’s just saying that of all the places, Mexico definitely isn’t one to give two shits less about it’s prisoners, let alone the gay ones. The justice system down there is messed up. I went with my BF, two of his brothers, his mom, and three kids, and the federales tried to jack our SUV, take our money, and had AK 47s and grenades. Not a pleasant place at the moment. Any who. She wasn’t being bigoted. She’s just staying how messed up the system is

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:29am
  32. Alanna, you English is very poor. I don’t think you actually know what you said in your second comment. This is what you said in English. “I cannot see what is wrong with plucking out a Homos eyes… He probably deserved it.”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:30am
  33. barbarians.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:30am
  34. This is one that upsets me and makes me sick. I hate that this guy has to go through this and they don’t care cause he is just a gay. SOOO ANGRY!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:34am
  35. That’s not what I said at all, clearly. In fact I said just the opposite. However the rest of the article is blown out of proportion, like the fact he wasn’t allowed in the cell? Obviously he wasn’t. That’s not how things work.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:36am
  36. Actually, Alanna. He may not be allowed in the cell, but surely in the visitor area. But, unfortunately that was not gonna work, since they left his bf to die on the floor for over an hour. So they should have allowed him to see him dying in his cell.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:01am
  37. Visitor area? Yes. Cell? No. That's was my point.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:07am
  38. Synstelien Ben, she isn’t condoning what had been done, stop instigating. She’s on the same side as you and I with equal rights. She’s just pointing out that the system Cleary wouldn’t allow the BF to be inside the cell at that time. Even if they were a straight couple out wouldn’t have happened

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:41am
  39. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:44am
  40. I am not instigating “Blanch” this is Mexico ! It’s wrong! If I misunderstood Alanna then sorry.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:44am
  41. -_-

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:45am
  42. It is wrong. no one is arguing that point

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:46am
  43. I am upset because of the innocent, the doctor on lunch, the treatment of inmates in Mexican jails

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:47am
  44. Incident I mean

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:47am
  45. That’s BS, but it’s Mexico, citizens don’t get the attention they need or deserve. It’s corrupt :/

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:49am
  46. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:51am
  47. absolute horror! gay or straight… criminal or innocent… nobody deserves to be set upon by a deranged maniacal psycho!! Mexico is a cesspool of a third world country and sooner or later the Human Rights Associations have got to put pressure on the so-called “civilized” world to get involved and make Mexico stop treating human beings like goddamned animals in jail or out of jail!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:54am
  48. That is disgusting and I hope he is in jail for a long time!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:57am
  49. This cannot be allowed to happen. Puerto Vallarta needs to do some serious changing in their prison systems.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:09am
  50. OMG! It Just Getting So Crazzy In This World!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:36am
  51. THIS VIDEO LINK DOES NOT LOAD CORRECTLY!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:41am
  52. Wonderful world we live in eh? (sarcasm) Hope he gets well soon.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:16am
  53. Very sad.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:26am
  54. Reality tops any horror movie …

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:41am
  55. WTF…A**HOLE!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:55am
  56. the more rights a minority group gets..the more hatred comes out..and the fight begins all over again in some countries and even again in north america..and we will win..again..basic human rights for gay people will happen one day..it is logical..and BOYCOTT THE Sochi 2014 Winter Games..AND CALLING ALL GAYS! CALLING ALL GAYS!..IT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW TO COME AND GATHER FOR GAY WORLD PRIDE 2014 IN TORONTO.THE FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS ALL OVER AGAIN…ILL BE THERE :l)

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 3:56am
  57. poor man. blind or not hes very handsome

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:05am
  58. My prayers are with you!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:16am
  59. Sheesh, what the heck is wrong with humanity???

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:25am
  60. horrible!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:41am
  61. Terrible!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:55am
  62. WTF mankind has lost all love of each other!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:33am
  63. hopefully the coward who did this,will rot in jail..karma will visit him.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:44am
  64. Horrifying!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:50am
  65. This is so sad. I have no words to express how I feel right now.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:04am
  66. Poor baby <3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:23am
  67. the guy who did this to him should have his eyes gouged out!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:39am
  68. May God Bless You And Keep You Close And Warm And Pray For The Boyfriend That Lost Such A Beautiful Creature Of God And May God Put The Officers And The Cellmate In To The Burning Pitts Of Hell…. God Loves All His Children No Matter Gay, Straight, Man, Woman……

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:51am
  69. This world is just……. so. fucked .up

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:51am
  70. I wanna cry and scream all at the same time after hearing this it’s absolutely crude how could someone do such a thing and under the influence my ass he purposely did that shit to the poor boy that man should be ripped to fucking pieces alive for what he did

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:28am
  71. The cellmate should be put to death AFTER they rip out his eye and tongue.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:59am
  72. Oh, my God! What sort of creatures are humans? We deserve to blow ourselves to cinders. The universe would be a better place to wipe this sort of cruelty out of existence.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:39pm
  73. AMAN

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:51pm
  74. After hundreds of years of Gay people being described as evel and discusting, it is not surprising that an predominantly Catholic Country should still have Homophobic attacks, by those who think its an acceptable Crime, Although its not only Catholic Church Teaching That’s at fault here; Ignorance play’s a big part.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 1:54pm
  75. ok lets see how this is fair…the united states in all its stupidness lets people from mexico in our country to help not only the people but your government…so in return you torture gays. OH THEN LOOK THE OTHER WAY…well I hope one day you want into our country and someone looks the other way when they kill you. As far as these two please someone help them..we love who we love without restrictions and for people to hate them just because of who they love say they are scared and refuse to be a real human being or a MAN

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:04pm
  76. I pray God protects his mind body & soul. God bless him ♥

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:19pm
  77. Here’s something I don’t understand, if a prisoner can get someone’s eyes out of his head without any kind of screaming. There has to be more about this story prison employees are covering up.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:09pm
  78. This hideous crime should not go unpunished! the jail officials should be hold accountable and brought up to justice.. Este crimen horrendo debe de ser llevado al tribunal y los offices de las carceles hacerles pagar por su falta de cuidado con los prisioneros.. Despierta Mexico!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:30pm
  79. what a sad sad story !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:35pm