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Galop Statement about the guilty verdicts against Matovu and Dunbar

Gerald Matovu has today been found guilty of the murder of Eric Michels and also guilty, with Brandon Dunbar, of a large number of offences against gay and bisexual men, including poisoning, theft and identity fraud.  

We would like to extend our thoughts to the family of Eric Michels who have suffered such a terrible loss and to those victims and witnesses who bravely came forward to give evidence at the trial. 

These crimes were committed using hook up apps to meet victims and the drug GBL/GHB used as a tool to commit offences. Galop strongly condemns this criminal behaviour and the targeting of gay and bi men by those who wish to exploit them.   

Matovu and Dunbar focused on the crimes of theft and fraud but Galop is aware that other crimes, such as sexual violence, domestic abuse, ‘revenge porn’ and blackmail, are also perpetrated using hook up apps and GBL/GHB. We believe that gay and bisexual men have the right to consensual adult dating and sex without others taking advantage of the situation to exploit them, commit crimes against them and, tragically in this case, end their life. 

Galop encourages all gay and bi men who experience any sort of crime in a hook-up context, including sexual violence, to speak up about what’s happened. You can contact Galop for confidential information, support and advice. If you are thinking about reporting to the police, we can help you make an informed choice, and support you to report or pass on anonymous intelligence, if that is what you want. 

Contact Galop: 

020 7704 2040 

www.galop.org.uk/report 

referrals@galop.org.uk 

Our services:

Our hate crime casework service can give you advice, support and help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia. Click for more

Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. Click for more

Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. Click for more

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