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Party goers 'chop up' transgender teen

25 July 2013, 16:02

Cape Town – The body of a transgender teen was discovered in bushes "chopped and stabbed" in St James, Jamaica, local reports said.

Irie FM reported that the 17-year-old was dancing with a man at a party when he was recognised as a man by a woman attending the same party. The teen was then "searched" by another man who confirmed he was male.

According to the report, the partygoers then fell upon the teen, stabbing and chopping him to death before dumping what was left of his body in bushes.

In Jamaica, sex between two men is illegal and punishable for up to 10 years imprisonment at hard labour.

Omar Kuddus, LGBT and human rights campaigner, told Gay Star News: "The antiquated colonial law still in force cannot be justified and it is time that the Jamaican government pays heed to the UNs stance that LGBT rights must be respected and religion separated from central governmental policies on its citizens rights."

The report also stated that in the past year alone, there have been nine confirmed homophobic and transphobic killings in Jamaica which is considered one of the most hostile countries to members of the LGBT community.

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