Man beaten with toaster in vicious attack ‘because he is gay’
A gay man who suffered life threatening injuries in a homophobic attack has spoken out about his harrowing ordeal.
Odacilio Moran was discovered at his in London with bleeding on the brain, fractured facial bones, stab wounds in the buttocks and damage to his throat.
His injuries were so severe that he was put in a medically-induced coma for 10 days.
Police believed that the attack may have been carried out with a number of objects in the victim’s flat, including a toaster.
Mr Moran had moved to London from Miami only two weeks before the assault took place.
He met his attackers – Kamil Radkiewicz, 28, and 26-year-old Norbert Krzysztof Borysiewicz – outside Charing Cross station, where the pair invited him to go for a drink.
Speaking to The Standard, Mr Moran – who was born in Venezuela – says that although his memory of the evening is hazy, he recalls the men suggesting they go somewhere else.
“We ended up taking the train to East Ham, where we visited a park and they gave me more beer. After that I pretty much don’t remember anything.”
After his partner Tim Sheppard was unable to contact his boyfriend, he called the Mayfair shop where he works.
A colleague went to Mr Moran’s flat and began banging on the window after spotting the victim on the bed.
He had been unconscious for 36 hours.
Radkiewicz pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced on November 26 to more than 16 years.
Police have appealed for information regarding the whereabouts of 26-year-old Norbert Krzysztof Borysiewicz.
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“I would tell anyone who knows something that speaking to the police would be a great favour for humanity,” Mr Moran said.
“What they did to me they’ll do it again. They’re troubled, evil people.”
Doctors fear Mr Moran may have epilepsy brought on by his injuries, after he collapsed on a tube platform a couple of weeks ago.
Although no motive was given for the attack, Mr Moran believes it was because he is gay.
“I’ve always known in the back of my mind that homophobia was the main motivation.”
Anyone with information relating to the attack, or information on the whereabouts of 26-year-old Norbert Krzysztof Borysiewicz, can contact DC Paul Wright, at Richmond-upon-Thames CID on 020 8721 5840, or police on 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.