Police yet to arrest suspects in attack on SASOD’s Joel Simpson


The Police are yet to arrest any of the suspects who attacked gay rights activist Joel Simpson last weekend.

Police Divisional Commander Marlon Chapman told the News Room Wednesday that the Police investigation is continuing but they have so far been unable to arrest the main suspect.

Simpson, the Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), is recovering from injuries to his abdomen and arms after he was attacked and beaten by six men at around 04:00 hrs on Sunday.

He told Police that prior to the attack, he and his friends were bullied by the same men at a night club on Main Street, Georgetown where the men threw beers at them.

When a complaint was made to the supervisor at the location, the response was that the club didn’t want men “wining” on each other.

Simpson left and hours later, he was buying food at Bourda Market when the men attacked him.

Simpson said a City Constable attempted to intervene but the perpetrators slapped him [city constable]. The constable has also given the Police a statement of what transpired.

Simpson told the News Room that in his 16 years at SASOD, he has never experienced a homophobic attack of this nature.

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