戏子无义 婊子无情

The above is a Chinese saying: actors are not truthful; prostitutes are not sincere or (probably more accurate) “a performer is unrighteous, a whore is heartless.”

Reports are in  today of the sentencing hearing in relation to a (male) prostitute who killed an older gay man.

The prisoner left the (about 40 years) older man (IC) bound and gagged to die in IC’s flat whilst he took IC’s ATM card which he used.  That in itself seems a really stupid and senseless crime.  How could he not have been caught?  There was a claim on the part of counsel for the prisoner that he suffered from a mental illness and you have to wonder.  It’s hard to see things coming to this point just because of a desire to get money (which was the line taken by the prosecutor) – he only got $7,000 (I think at $1K per day) before the game was up once IC was eventually found dead.

It’s a grim end and one of a type to which older gay men are, I think, particularly susceptible (especially if they are susceptible in the “very susceptible Chancellor” sense), though fortunately the numbers are not large.

One press account speaks of the two men as having been in a relationship – certainly the two had been seeing each other for a while.  As to whether you could call that a relationship, well that is exactly the problem which the proverb directs attention to.

The young man (who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter) claimed that the older man was blackmailing him to continue to have sex with him (I think this means: not for payment) on pain of intimate pictures being released.  This seems rather R v Greenish, and it doesn’t sound as if Justice Christine Adamson was convinced.  The young man said he had been drugged in order for the pictures to be taken.  That is even less convincing., in the circumstances.

I’ll be watching for the sentencing remarks.

Postscript

Mr Li was sentenced to a total of 10 years’ imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of eight and a half years. He has been in custody since he was apprehended, so will be eligible for parole in March 2018

Sentencing remarks here.

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