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Vancouver Gay Basher Released After Judge Upgrades Charges


Yesterday, a judge upgraded charges against Michael Kandola, the man who attacked 27-year-old Jordan Smith as he walked hand-in-hand with his boyfriend on Davie Street in Vancouver in late September, from assault to aggravated assault:

Smith"Kandola was released without bail Tuesday morning after his court appearance, but with conditions that include having no contact with the victim, and a ban on entering the gay district in the city's West End."

Hundreds marched through Vancouver's west end over the weekend to a rally denouncing anti-gay violence in response to the Kandola attack:

"The Join Hands for Justice rally began at English Bay marched to the site where a man was violently assaulted last month as he strode hand-in-hand with his partner. The rally was escorted by a phalanx of motorcycle cops...Rally moderator Jim Deva told the crowd that he had asked the police to hold the rally. 'The police chief (Jim Chu) said, 'Of course, you can have a rally, and I want to speak at it,'' Deva said. Chu said it was not that long ago that the Vancouver Police Department was reluctant to participate in Pride Parades, but now he walks in them every year. 'We are happy to join you because you are our friends, our neighbours,' Chu said to huge applause."

Smith was knocked unconscious by the attack and now has his jaw wired shut in three places. Kandola is set to appear in court again on October 27.

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  1. He's attacked who with what eyebrows?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 15, 2008 11:21:36 AM

  2. It's kind of ironic that the gay basher looks like a drag queen the morning after a meth binge.

    Posted by: shaun | Oct 15, 2008 11:31:22 AM

  3. Yeah, the gaydar klaxons went of full this AM with that photo of the self-loathing creep.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 15, 2008 11:59:05 AM

  4. And in other sad news out of Canada, Stephen Harper's conservative government was re-elected yesterday.

    Remember, Harper wanted to repeal Canada's equal marriage law.

    Posted by: David R. | Oct 15, 2008 12:02:24 PM

  5. I know David R. it is a sad day today.

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 15, 2008 12:14:17 PM

  6. A gay bashing Vulcan? That is illogical, Captain.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Oct 15, 2008 12:20:15 PM

  7. Michael: LOL!! My sentiments exactly.

    Posted by: GM | Oct 15, 2008 12:43:33 PM

  8. @ Michael -- know those things are a hot wax job. Those brows are the only good looking this about her.

    Posted by: Bojo | Oct 15, 2008 1:00:28 PM

  9. He looks like a Middle-eastern George Michael...GAYDAR ALERT - SHIELDS UP!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 15, 2008 1:01:50 PM

  10. Very manscaped for a fagbasher.

    Do you think he fits the stereotype of the typical fag basher? Closeted homo? He is kinda hot.... If I saw him on the street, how would my gaydar react, I wonder?

    Halloween's coming up, and I think he would make a good Sophia Loren, don't you?

    Seriously, instead of jail for hate crimes, what about some immersion therapy or something? Open up their eyes to the world. "Life is a banquet and most poor souls are starving to death!"-Auntie Mame

    If he beats homos, he probably beats on other people for views inconsistent with his own.

    It's so stupid and sad.

    Posted by: kodiak | Oct 15, 2008 1:11:45 PM

  11. What did he attack him with? Tweezers?

    Posted by: David T | Oct 15, 2008 1:49:01 PM

  12. Michael and Shaun


    Before reading the article I assumed Kandola was the bashee. Repressed closet case?

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Oct 15, 2008 3:10:14 PM

  13. Canada may keep us Yanks out but apparently let's anyone with an Asian or Muslim name in under it's permissive immigration scheme. Enough already! These Muslims and others with cultural views from the 11th century should be barred unless they have a unique employable skill needed by the host nation.
    This sad event will only become more common--it's already the case that there are no go areas for gays in many western European cities because of this human swill allowed to wash unto our shores. No lectures please-I am proudly not P.C. on this whole issue and sick of gay victimization.

    Posted by: Jack H. | Oct 15, 2008 3:33:32 PM

  14. jack KKK H

    I would agree with you if we also shipped all fundie xtians and ultra right wing Jews out.

    For a modern country in the 21st century to tolerate all religious nuts is beyond reason. Oh, actually it isn't. We tolerate Neanderthals of all religious persuasions because we are the good guys.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Oct 15, 2008 7:44:49 PM

  15. The attacker is probably a closet case. He sure looks like it.

    Posted by: KFLO | Oct 15, 2008 11:16:50 PM

  16. "No lectures please-I am proudly not P.C. on this whole issue..."

    translated: i like to deliver lectures to others with my ears covered and eyes squinched shut.

    there's a name for that, Jack H., and it isn't 'un-P.C.' or 'sick to death' or even 'republican'; it's "braying jackass".

    Posted by: happy hedonist | Oct 16, 2008 5:27:15 PM

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