Metro Weekly

Three men arrested after gay couple attacked for holding hands in public

Suspects allegedly yelled homophobic slurs and sprayed beer on the victim, who was dragged 82 feet by the assailants' car

canada, gay, attack, orillia
Ontario Provincial Police vehicle – Photo: formulanone, via Wikimedia.

Three Canadian men have been charged with assault after allegedly attacking a gay man who was holding hands with his partner in Orillia, Ontario.

The suspects began harassing the two men, who were walking around the Orillia waterfront at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, police say.

They allegedly began yelling profanities and homophobic slurs while driving past the men, according to the victim, who is trying to remain anonymous to protect his identity.

The men drove away in their vehicle, only to return a second time. They sprayed beer on the victim and threw a beer can at him before driving away.

They then returned a third time, at which point the victim approached the vehicle and confronted the driver.

He is accused of driving off, dragging the victim along the road for about 82 feet, according to the Simcoe County News. The victim was not seriously injured in this incident.

James Ley, 23, has been charged with assault and dangerous operation of a vehicle. Eric Artindale, 21, and Roarke McCooeye, 21, have been charged with assault.

All three have since been released and will appear in court on Nov. 17.

RelatedAntigay preachers broke a Canadian man’s leg after he challenged their bigotry

Leave a Comment:

Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism

These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!