A caregiver stabbed another man 12 times while shouting “I’m not fucking gay” after they had sex.
Stephen Taylor and the victim, whom ECHO has chosen not to mention, had sex in the man’s apartment.
When the victim stopped and refused to perform a sexual act on Taylor, the 24-year-old flew in rage.
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Taylor, who claimed self-defense, was acquitted of intentional wounds but found guilty of wounds.
In his sentencing, he denied having used homophobic slander and again insisted that his victim hit him first with a bottle.
But he sobbed when a judge rejected his claims, then tore off his electronic tag and threw it all over the courtroom.
The victim – a mental health nurse – went for drinks with friends in a house in Wirral on June 4 last year.
Liverpool Crown Court heard Taylor arrive, introduced himself as “Tyson” and said he worked at a nursing home.
The victim was told by a friend that Taylor was “straight”, and during a chat with Taylor, the victim told him he was gay.
The man got a taxi home before Taylor sent him a message on Snapchat to say he had left his phone charger.
Prosecutor Neil Bisarya said the victim paid Taylor to get a taxi to his apartment and that he came in for a drink at 6 p.m. 03.00.
Bisarya said they were drinking gin when Taylor suddenly “leaned over and grabbed his penis”.
He said the victim said “for hell Tyson, what are you doing?” but Taylor replied, “Won’t you have some fun?”
The man said to him “you are straight, I’m gay” and they laughed at it, only for Taylor to do it again.
Bisarya said Taylor kissed the victim, who retaliated and let Taylor perform a sex act on him, and then they went to his bedroom for sex.
The court heard Taylor wanted to have sex in a different way, which the victim said was “not his thing”.
They returned to the lounge and continued drinking before the victim refused to perform a sex act on Taylor.
Bisarya said Taylor suddenly stabbed him in the chest with a knife that the victim said had been in his kitchen.
Taylor jumped on top of the man, grabbed his penis in a “painful and hard squeeze” and then stabbed him in the neck.
Sir. Bisarya said Taylor “continuously stabbed” him, and when he tried to flee, he “stabbed him in the back”.
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He said the victim fell down on a coffee table when Taylor “stabbed him in the face and missed his eyes”.
The prosecutor said the victim hit Taylor over the head with a glass to defend himself.
Sir. Bisarya said Taylor strangled him before the man stumbled Taylor and grabbed the blade.
The victim begged “let me call an ambulance, you do not have to do this”, but Taylor refused, shouting “homophobic” remarks.
Sir. Bisarya said: “Mr Taylor shouted and said ‘I’m not fucking gay’. Mr Taylor was in a rage. He called him a ‘f *** ing f *****’.”
The victim “thought he was going to die” and when he tried to leave, Taylor “tackled him rugby” and the naked men fought in the hallway.
Bisarya said Taylor grabbed him and that they fell down some stairs before Taylor walked and the victim called police.
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The officers arrived at 5.54 and found him “covered in blood”.
They arrested Taylor in Wallasey after reports of a naked man on the street when he replied, “I did not.”
Taylor, from Mallory Road, Tranmere, gave two interviews without comment.
The victim sustained a “comprehensive open wound” 10 cm long, 5 cm wide and 5 cm deep in the left side of the neck.
His injuries included 1 cm incision on his right cheek and under his left eye; two stab wounds in the right side of the chest; a stab wound in the left armpit; cuts in left arm; and fracture of his right foot.
In a victim statement, the man said: “I feel like I will never be the same again.
“What Stephen Taylor has done to me has crushed me both physically and emotionally.”
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He said he was under counseling and is on medication for sleep problems, depression, anxiety and PTSD.
The man can no longer work in an emergency psychiatric ward and has left his apartment.
The court heard he was hoping his attacker would realize the impact he had had on him when Taylor shook his head in the quay.
Anna Duke, defense attorney, said Taylor, of previously good character, claimed the victim was “the attacker initially”.
She said: “The accused maintains that he was beaten over the head with a bottle, and in response to the fact that he was first assaulted by the complainant, he instinctively grabbed a knife.”
Mrs Duke said it was Taylor’s case that the blade lay on a table where the victim was “cutting drugs”.
The lawyer said Taylor had worked at a nursing home and moved in for six weeks to protect residents from the fact that he would potentially bring Covid in.
She said he left the job because he could not cope due to the lawsuit and now worked as a worker where he could be “more or less a robot”.
She urged the judge to spare him in jail and said Taylor insisted it was not “a homophobic attack” and that the victim assaulted him after they had “sex with consent”.
Judge Garrett Byrne said Taylor had “harassed” the victim for more sex.
He told him, “After he refused, you lost your temper and attacked him.”
The judge said he heard evidence from both men and watched CCTV from inside the apartment during Taylor’s trial.
He told Taylor: “You were the aggressor at all times except when the victim was forced to hit you in the head with the glass.”
Taylor cried as he continued, “After watching the CCTV, it shows that you are not trying to get out … it shows that you are holding back the victim to continue the attack.”
Judge Byrne said it was “at least in part motivated by some homophobia given the remarks the victim attributed to you, which I conclude you actually used”.
The judge said the victim broke his foot as he fell down the stairs “as a result of you holding him and trying to restrain him”.
Judge Byrne jailed Taylor for three years, and he tore and tore his mark, shouting, “You can fucking get that mate.”
A crying woman hugged and kissed him over the harbor glass and cried, “Please do not take him.”
Taylor had a qualifying curfew, and 250 days counts in his sentence.
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