March 6, the two heard a disturbing uproar outside their quaint home and upon peering through a window, they saw what most gay men in Jamaica dread most. There was a contingent of about 10 men heavily armed with cutlasses, sticks, rock stones and other weapons. The mob had apparently come to beat and run them out of the community because they were homosexuals.
D. Waite, a 32-year-old man and one of the victims, said that the group of men were shouting out his name, calling him a ‘battybwoy’ and saying that they were going to beat the hell out of his and his ‘battyman fren raas’ that morning.
According to Waite, the sight of the men with their weapons was a frightening ordeal for himself and his partner, 35- year-old N. Fisher. Waite called the police using his cellular telephone and two jeep-loads of police arrived just in time to prevent any physical harm to both men, who remained inside their home. By this, there was a massive crowd of onlookers in the small community, since a scandal of this magnitude would have alerted anyone in the vicinity. Waite told The JO that several men were saying “ah battyman dem; dem fi dead” (they are gay men; they should be killed) even in the presence of the police. The police was able to successfully disperse the crowd and thwart the plot of the mobsters to harm another two gay men in Jamaica.
However, at the end of the ordeal, the police apprehended no one. Checks with the Port Maria police station, the station that dealt with the incident according to the victim, further proved that no arrests were actually carried out by said station. The victims decided not to pursue the issue for fears of retaliation from other men in and around the area. Waite further expressed concern for his elderly mother who still resides in the area.
Waite finally said that he was very worried for his and his partner’s safety especially since they have to leave their current place of safety to earn their living.