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Gay Man Stabbed, Left Paralyzed In Nova Scotia Attack


A gay man was violently attacked in the street early Saturday morning by a man who had been at the same Nova Scotia bar he was in earlier that night. Choir director Scott Jones' throat slashed and he was stabbed in the back, the knife severing his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Police made an arrest in the attack late last night.

The CBC reports:

GayshanePolice said Shane Edward Matheson, 19, of Trenton, N.S. is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, in the violent attack on 27-year-old Scott Jones early Saturday morning. The accused was arrested without incident at a home on High Street in Trenton at 11 p.m. AT on Saturday. 

Matheson is facing another charge of assault with a weapon for an incident earlier in the evening against an 18-year-old woman. New Glasgow police Const. Ken Macdonald said that charge is unrelated to the attack on Jones, which happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Jones' friend and roommate Amy Punke said she and Jones were out with friends celebrating the opening of a friend’s art studio. Though she didn’t witness the attack, Punke has been speaking to Jones, who remains in critical but stable condition in a Halifax hospital.

Jones' friends suspect a hate crime:

“Myself, and his family and the people that know him, we feel that he may have been targeted because of the fact that he’s gay — and he’s openly gay in town,” said Punke in an interview with CBC News on Saturday.

Police still are not commenting in the allegations the attack was motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. They said they are still speaking to witnesses.

Watch a CBC news clip, AFTER THE JUMP.

This post has been updated to include the correct location of the crime.

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  1. yet another self-hater trying to kill someone he's attracted to.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 13, 2013 8:01:18 PM

  2. Danny, Your 10 cent psychology doesn't work. You think you've got it all figured out. The answer is called gay life. It doesn't come very highly recommended. You can die because of it and people do.

    Posted by: 69X | Oct 13, 2013 8:25:43 PM

  3. Matheson sounds like real piece of work. Poor man paralized will require a lifetime if support, medical, psychological, and financial. I wish him the very best. Will the Canadian justice system deal with Matheson appropriately? I doubt it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2013 8:29:48 PM

  4. @69X: if you find "gay life" so distasteful, then why do you come here?

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 13, 2013 8:32:50 PM

  5. @69x You're right, people do die as a result of being gay. But it's because of bigots like you. Be gone, idiot.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 13, 2013 8:43:14 PM

  6. Hard to believe this sort of thing still goes on in uber gay Canada where same-sex marriage has been legal for ten years now.

    Posted by: kennetho9322 | Oct 13, 2013 8:44:26 PM

  7. Jesus Christ. I hope this kid gets ass raped every day for a year.

    Posted by: Tiger | Oct 13, 2013 8:48:38 PM

  8. What is the point of this mindless violence? The fact that he attacked a woman with a weapon earlier in the night in an unrelated incident suggests to me that he is a psychopath and should not be allowed into society, maybe ever.

    Posted by: danswon | Oct 13, 2013 8:49:47 PM

  9. What can we do to help Scott?

    Posted by: ptx | Oct 13, 2013 8:52:59 PM

  10. I feel for Scott and I second PTX, please keep us posted on how we can help this young man.

    Posted by: Rafael | Oct 13, 2013 9:06:27 PM

  11. You can read about violence on this site. I meant "gay life" today. By today I'm talking about gay with the all the anger and tired "bigot" talk." Be gone? Fu-- you. I was here before you. And as far as someone's hopes that this guy get "ass raped" everyday, isn't that what turns you on? So, what turns you on is someone's punishment? What about being gay are you defending?

    Posted by: 69X | Oct 13, 2013 9:17:03 PM

  12. Yes, what can we do to help Scott. LeonardoRicardo/Len/Guatemala

    Posted by: Leonardo Ricardo | Oct 13, 2013 9:31:54 PM

  13. If you don't want to be called a bigot, THEN DON'T ACT LIKE ONE.

    If it swims like a bigot and quacks like a bigot and spews hatred like a bigot, it's probably not a duck.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Oct 13, 2013 9:33:54 PM

  14. We have to be careful not to jump and call every attack against a guy who happens to be gay a HATE CRIME until this is proved. It diminishes us. We care more about a gay man being assulted than a regular assault. Slashed throat and severed spine in Canada does not automatically spell out hate crime. We're selfish when we want the crime for ourselves, for our community, to get colletively & politically outraged over.

    WAIT until a hate crime is established before we make gay politics out of it. This is a tragedy no matter the poor guy's orientation.

    Posted by: will | Oct 13, 2013 9:56:29 PM

  15. That's horrible. I hope the spinal damage is something that can be healed. Stem cells or something.

    WTF is wrong with people?! Like seriously what the hell was going through that guy's head to cut someone's throat and stab them in the back? Madness.

    Posted by: daws | Oct 13, 2013 10:35:56 PM

  16. @ratbastard -- You act like te amurcan gubment would do better lololol now THAT is funny.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Oct 13, 2013 10:41:04 PM

  17. Sell him as a lifetime sex slave or make him organ donor!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 13, 2013 11:07:55 PM

  18. We need to identify 69x and slash his throat!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 13, 2013 11:11:21 PM

  19. A horrible crime and a wonderful life damaged beyond repair. That said, none of the news accounts I've read or seen give a single reason why this qualifies as a hate crime other than the fact that the victim is gay. Are there details we're not getting? It isn't an anti-gay hate crime just because somebody says it is. There has to be clear evidence of anti-gay motivation.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 13, 2013 11:12:15 PM

  20. What the heck has happened to Towleroad? The new trolls don't even make sense.

    Anyhow, tragic attack, but sorry to say, if you're openly gay and in a non-gay bar in a very rural part of the US *OR* Canada, and someone who looks out of central casting like a narcissistic psychopath starts aggressively eyeing you a cab to get home. He could well be a closet case, it's not "10 cent psychology"; although the fact he also is wanted for an assault on a young woman underscores he might be the "3rd kind of homophobe" as I call them. Someone who is just a sociopath and is driven to attack anything he sees as weaker than him.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Oct 13, 2013 11:30:43 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Oct 13, 2013 11:32:30 PM

  22. Expect the guy to do no more than 13 years in jail. This is Canada, after all.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Oct 13, 2013 11:33:37 PM

  23. I think the remarks here are atrocious.

    A young man is paralyzed.

    Show some respect and deference, people.

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 14, 2013 12:12:37 AM

  24. Based on this assault and the previous, the attacker sounds like an unstable nutcase.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 14, 2013 12:14:28 AM

  25. Gay is one thing. Stupid and gay is really pathetic.

    Posted by: HN | Oct 14, 2013 12:23:47 AM

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