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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. Towleroad, due to space limitations is not telling you the whole story. Canadian news reports indicate that the attacker Matheson came up from behind and whispered something in victim Scott Jones' ear before he stabbed him. What did he say? Did they know each other? Was this a (closeted) jealous lover who saw Jones in the bar with a woman Amy Punke? The police arrested Matheson at his home shortly thereafter. Someone knew who he was.

    Posted by: shanestud | Oct 14, 2013 12:51:22 AM

  2. EchtKultig (Real/genuine Cult?) Well said. Armchair psychology would indeed seem to suggest that he was at some level perhaps attacking (eliminating) threats to his superiority as a white male by attacking those who should be weaker but are becoming equal.

    Whether it is a genuine hate crime depends on details we don't know, although a later commenter filled in a bit more.

    In any case, a tragedy that nothing can compensate for, for this guy if his injuries are permanent.

    Posted by: emjayay | Oct 14, 2013 1:06:12 AM

  3. interesting how life sometimes mimics horror movies... a group of people are celebrating, having a good time, and drinking...and then some monster attacks. I feel like I've heard so many articles when absolutely awful things happen during celebrations...I guess because people lower their guard a bit.

    Posted by: steve | Oct 14, 2013 1:52:48 AM

  4. Scott can come live with me I will take care of him. As for the other scum bag, do to him what he done to Scott. Then lets see what he thanks about stabbing someone. Good luck Scott

    Posted by: Troy N Houghtaling Sr | Oct 14, 2013 2:35:04 AM

  5. I'm always shocked at how out there and hateful the comments thread is here.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Oct 14, 2013 2:35:04 AM

  6. There's no point in conjecturing until we know all the facts.

    One of my musician friends was good friends with Scott and she woke up on Sunday morning devastated to find out.

    My thoughts go out to them.

    Posted by: Betty Treacle | Oct 14, 2013 3:31:39 AM

  7. If this nut-job stabbed a girl earlier in the day, why was he still out on the street where he could stab and cripple this other man?

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Oct 14, 2013 3:37:27 AM

  8. One more thing, at this point I don't think it matters if it were a "hate crime". What matters is that some idiot ruined the life of this man. My God, WTF?

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Oct 14, 2013 3:39:47 AM

  9. 69X gay guys enjoy being raped just as must as your mother enjoys being raped.

    This POS should be in prison for every year that his victim cannot walk. Any links to help the victim would be much appreciated.

    Posted by: Palto | Oct 14, 2013 3:46:32 AM

  10. I think I just found the attacker's Facebook page

    Posted by: danswon | Oct 14, 2013 4:06:19 AM

  11. @arkark,

    ??? Sorry, English is my native language.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 14, 2013 6:56:19 AM

  12. @EMJAYAY,

    Feared for his 'superiority' as a white male? Do you smoke crack? It's comments like yours that make the vast majority of people laugh at 'progressive' political correctness.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 14, 2013 7:08:22 AM

  13. Of course Rat. We forgot. The white male is the most persecuted minority in the world, since biblical days to still now!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Oct 14, 2013 7:48:58 AM

  14. That is his facebook page. Looks like a real piece of scum to me, his friends and likes are all very indicative of the sh*thole humanity is turning into. Sad.

    I hope for the best for Scott Jones... this is such a tragedy.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 14, 2013 10:24:52 AM

  15. Ratbastard needs to read up on white Christian hetero male privilege.

    Also, Rat: NO MINORITIES IN THIS STORY TO BLAME IT ON, huh? You dirty white racist.

    Posted by: redball | Oct 14, 2013 11:17:46 AM

  16. Johnny, I noticed one of his "likes" is the NOH8 campaign. That is weired.

    Posted by: bollox | Oct 14, 2013 11:31:18 AM

  17. @Bollox: He didn't like NOH8, he liked JWoww, whose profile pic, which she could have changed after he liked her, happens to be NOH8. No doubt if he'd noticed he would have unfriended her.

    Posted by: DW | Oct 14, 2013 12:43:39 PM

  18. I can't speak for you,Rowan, but I certainly wasn't raised entitled or privileged, and aren't now. White males are no worse than anyone else. The history of the human race is drenched in blood. No one comes out of it looking like a saint.

    Are you a white male, Rowan? You should never be embarrassed about being either a male or so-called white. Self hate is pathetic.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 14, 2013 2:48:20 PM

  19. @REDBALL,

    Where the phuk did I mention 'race'? You have 'race' on the brain. You'll probably be that way til the day you die. I feel sorry for you.

    And I certainly didn't defend the 'white' guy, Redball. You deserves what's coming to him. I wish I could say the same for a sizable number of black folks when a black perp gets busted for some sh*t. They will defend black scum and scream 'racism' at the drop of a hat. Then when those scum cause mayhem in the 'black community', these same people scream that the police don't care about them and are 'racist'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 14, 2013 2:53:20 PM

  20. @ "They will defend black scum and scream 'racism' at the drop of a hat. Then when those scum cause mayhem in the 'black community', these same people scream that the police don't care about them and are 'racist'."

    OK, now that's the raal Ratbastard...on an emotional high. Just like the old "John In Boston"

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 14, 2013 3:04:14 PM

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


    Were you looking in the mirror just before you came up with that lil' gem?

    Posted by: Jamie | Oct 14, 2013 10:24:38 PM

  22. How can we help Scott?

    Posted by: ptx | Oct 14, 2013 11:40:23 PM

  23. Ratbastard, anyone who's been on Towleroad for as long as I have knows you have made dozens of racist comments, esp. when it is likely or confirmed that a person of color has committed a gay-bashing. Good day, you nasty white racist cracker.

    Posted by: redball | Oct 15, 2013 1:46:20 AM

  24. A website has been set up to help support Scott:

    Posted by: ptx | Oct 15, 2013 9:24:41 AM

  25. I grew up in New Glasgow. The people there are upset. It makes me sick that it occured and hopefully the county will really against it.

    Posted by: Marc | Oct 15, 2013 12:10:37 PM

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