In a previous near 5 year old podcast and numerous posts since I had asked if you would consider assisting someone who was displaced, forcibly evicted or homeless?
A case in the last week of November seen as homeless awareness month on this and sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica a 44 year old man faced a Resident Magistrate in Kingston accused at extorting over 1.2 million from a 66 year old university lecturer after alleged threats of exposure to the man’s friends, church brethren and family. The accused Desmond Barnes of Maxfield Avenue in Kingston reportedly over a period of almost two years pursued his victim so much so that the man allegedly depleted his accounts and also burrowing money from financial institutions and friends to keep the supposed sexual liaison as it turned out to become in order avoid exposure and embarrassment.
Barnes who was previously charged and fined in relation to the same matter was freed of the extortion charge when he appeared in court the complainant told the court that he did not wish to pursue that matter. According to court documents Barnes reportedly met the complainant in September 2013 after he approached him that he was homeless and was seeking help. The complainant agreed to help Barnes and gave him between $8,000 and $10,000 on a weekly basis to help with food and to find shelter for between three and four months. The men became friends and then the relationship became intimate and according to the complainant they never engaged in penetrative sex he told the court. Sometime in 2014 the complainant reportedly decided to end the relationship as he did not want to continue.
Consequently Barnes reportedly threatened and harassed the complainant for money in order to keep the relationship a secret. The lecturer reportedly gave in total some $1.4 million in 2014 as he had to pay him $40,000 whenever he got his salary and $4000/day until the next payday. Barnes told the complainant he would also go to the students of the lecturer if he did not pay and on one occasion he reportedly went to the church and sat behind the lecturer in the congregation where a note was passed suggesting he would embarrass him if he did not pay.
Shortly afterwards the complainant made a report to the police and Barnes was held via a sting operation. But the complainant asked the police not to charge him, as he did not wish to have his private affair go public and the police complied with the request which I find strange as why would he go through so much trouble then report the matter only to change his mind in the final analysis when the wheels of justice are in motion? The complainant however continued to assist the alleged extortionist for some three more months while Barnes resumed his threats and harassment. In September 2015 Barnes went to the complainant’s office and tried to contact him; the police were called and he was arrested and charged and brought before the court plus fined.
However it was further reported that shortly after that Barnes again recommenced his threats and harass the complainant for money during which time the complainant paid some $35,000 when he got paid and $4,000 and or $9,000 daily until the next payday. In November the complainant who reportedly could only manage to pay Barnes $2,000 or $3,000 reported the matter again to the police of which he should have acted and this would not have gotten out of control. Barnes was arrested again and charged.
Barnes when cautioned reportedly told the police: “Him work me, so him haffi pay” suggesting a commercial sex arrangement between the men and also anal activity; which for all intents and purposes cannot be mentioned in court as that may lead to a buggery charge landed on someone although it would be difficult to prove so long after the fact; a doctor’s report would be required and such would not unearth the biological, man-made and physical conditions that must be found to strengthen the arresting officer’s case. Sadly this one is just one of many other reports of fallouts from persons who essentially bite the hands that feed them. It is not clear if this case was reported to any of the LGBT outfits. Previous shakedowns such as this have resulted in other disastrous outcomes such one that easily comes to mind is the Brian Williamson case although he did not offer accommodation to his killers one of them was being assisted by him at the time in terms of cash for his fledgling newspaper sales business etc. but among other things the greedy man wanted more.
Possibly these outcomes are part and parcel of originally formal arrangements tainted by sexual liaisons which breeds familiarity and thus the loss of control and structure in the assistance or relationship.
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also see the beginning of the homelessness issues from the closure of the only project ever created for same: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 and Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston and Ist Anniversary of the 2nd Homeless MSM Civil disobedience .... and the men are still homeless and Rowdy gays banned by J-FLAG, JASL .......... (Jamaica Observer) Bear in mind MSM/trans homelessness, displacements and such existed way before JFLAG or even Gay Freedom Movement were founded yet no strong answer yet has come.
Community based crisis sheltering is still an option for the displaced 2013