UK Man on Trial for Allegedly Raping Woman to Cure Her of Being Gay
A man from Yorkley, a village in Gloucestershire, England, is on trial this week for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in 2012 because he thought it would "cure" her of being lesbian, the British newspaper the Telegraph reports.
A jury at Gloucester crown court heard that Ronald Paton, 50, allegedly spewed anti-gay slurs at a 63-year-old lesbian woman before he tried to rape her, dislocating her hip in the process. The incident took place on June 30, 2012.
Paton allegedly knocked on the woman’s door, asked her to have a drink at his home and then assaulted her and subjected her to a 20-minute sexual attack.
"Same sex marriages have just become legal but there are still some men who think that being gay is an illness and that if a gay person has sex with a member of the opposite sex they will be cured," Prosecutor Kerry Barker told the court. "Such issues are at the very core of this case."
The woman, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, took the stand and said that in May she was having a garden party with gay friends when Paton passed by and started yelling anti-gay comments.
"On the evening in question he knocked on my door and gave me the impression that he wanted to put things right between us," the woman, who was previously married and has four children, told the court. "He invited me to his house for a drink and we sat in his living room on opposite sofas.
"As the evening continued he became quite drunk and I felt uneasy with the way the conversation was going," she continued. "He invited me to come and sit with him, but I laughed it off and reminded him that I was gay."