CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime.
David Olyn from Ceres in the Western Cape, was killed in a premeditated attack on March 22 after his murderer invited at least seven teens to witness the beating, according to the South African LGBT news portal Mamba Online.
The youths from the Belle Vista neighborhood 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.
According to the report, the witness wandered off without reporting the incident to police, but returned to the scene the next morning to see if Olyn was still alive.
Article continues belowOnly then did they inform a woman about the lifeless and half-naked burnt body. She in turn called the police.
According to Mamba Online, Olyn was well known as a gay man in the area, and had participated in local drag pageants.
Police have reportedly arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with Olyn’s murder.