Paralysed: Scott Jones
A gay Canadian man who survived a horror attack has been left paralysed from the waist down.
Scott Jones (27) – a musician and a choir director – was attacked in Trenton, Nova Scotia in the early hours of Saturday morning while he was out celebrating the opening of a friend’s art studio.
CBC reported that he was approached by two men on a street.
While one man distracted Jones’ friend the other man grabbed him from behind, whispered something in his ear and stabbed him in the back and cut his throat.
Jones’ spinal cord was severed by the stabbings. He was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax where he is in a critical but stable condition.
Close friend and roommate Amy Punke told CBC that she believes that he was attacked because of his sexual orientation.
“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.
Shane Edward Matheson (19) has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.