A veteran was attacked and put a knife in his throat while he was tied on the bed, after his male lover – who also had a girlfriend – feared that their relationship would be revealed.
Dylan Upton, 21, had a long-time girlfriend but was leading a double life, also having a drug-fueled homosexual relationship with an older army veteran after the couple met with Grindr.
Their relationship had been happy for about six months, until Upton returned to the man’s apartment late at night after attending the Parklife festival.
Upton attacked the man as he lay face down and tied by the wrists and ankles, then ransacked his home, stealing items including an “invaluable” medal that he earned for his service in the Falklands War.
He threatened to “destroy his life” and forced him to say “I’m a pervert” while Upton recorded it on his phone.
Now Upton, of Collyhurst, has been locked up for more than 11 years after the ordeal, which lasted for more than two hours.
After Upton returned to the man’s apartment, they had consensual sex, drugged and drank alcohol together.
The following afternoon, on June 10 of last year, the man went to buy poppers, lubricant and alcohol, after being invited by Upton.
After returning home about an hour later, Upton turned over and became violent.
Manchester Crown Court heard that the incident was triggered by Upton who found photos of the couple together, who he thought the man had deleted from his phone.
Upton’s attorney said he was very concerned about publicizing his homosexual relationship.
At first the man had known Upton as “Marcus”, but he had learned about his real name while regularly putting money into his bank account.
Initially Upton asked the man if he wanted to be tied by the wrists and ankles, which he considered unusual but accepted.
“That was when it changed and became very violent,” said prosecutor Justin Hayhoe.
Upton started to punch him in the head and began to strangle him, all while staying tied to the bed.
He accused the man of lying to them about their photographs together, believing that they had been deleted.
Upton is thought to have looked at the man’s phone while he was out shopping.
Threats followed and Upton said he would force his friends to “fix it”.
So Upton started asking for money.
A kitchen knife was thrown to his throat and Upton threatened to kill him unless he gave him money.
Upton also said it would lead his friends to put “gas in his letter box”.
He also used a broken glass to “instill fear” in humans.
Upton briefly left the room, which allowed the man to free himself.
But when he came back, Upton stopped him on the bed and continued attacking him.
Upton asked for the keys to his safe, which contained his Falkland war medal, a laptop, foreign money and family photos.
The victim was told to crawl down the stairs and ordered to say “I’m a pervert” while Upton recorded it on his cell phone.
He was then barricaded into a toilet while Upton ransacked the house.
He cut the telephone lines, damaged the burglar alarm and carried out a disorderly search for the property, leaving it “devastated”.
Upton left while the man remained in the toilet.
The victim said he lost consciousness at some point. Even his car was stolen.
At first the man was reluctant to complain to the police, but a friend convinced him to do so.
During his ordeal he underwent 20 different ‘external injury sites’, very seriously a cut lip that needed stitches and left a permanent scar.
He also suffered from bruises and cuts inflicted by the knife.
Initially Upton denied any knowledge of the man, saying he had a girlfriend and had no homosexual relationship.
But his DNA was found on a toothbrush at the victim’s home.
In a statement read in court by Mr. Hayhoe, the victim claimed to have considered suicide from the accident.
“It’s the last thing I think at night,” he said.
“When I finally get to sleep, it’s the first thing I think about in the morning.”
A doctor said he has post-traumatic stress disorder due to the attack, and is taking medication.
The man said he lives “in fear” and that he plans to quit his job and move away from Manchester.
He described Upton’s behavior as “evil” and “unforgivable”, and said he hopes the defendant will reveal what happened to his “priceless” war medal, which has not been recovered.
Upton pleaded guilty to robbery and was imprisoned for 11 years and eight months on Friday.
He first appeared before the courts at the age of 12 for burglary, then as a 16-year-old boy in a racially aggravated shop accident when he told a man you don’t belong in this country Pa ** ba *** ** , go home’.
In defense, Amanda Johnson claimed that Upton suffered a “complete loss of mood” and that he was “very concerned that this homosexual relationship was somehow publicized or broadcast.”
He ‘is very ashamed of what he has done,’ Johnson said.
He told the court that Upton, who had an apprenticeship with a railway maintenance company, witnessed domestic violence as it grew.
At the time of the accident, he “lost control”, engaged in drug use and “risky behavior,” said the lawyer.
A restraining order was imposed, preventing Upton, Collyhurst, from indefinitely contacting the victim.