Man rapes lesbian sister, cuts 'permanent smile' in her girlfriend’s face with razor
Samy M has been on trial since September 27 at the Drôme Regional Court in Valence for the December 2018 crimes
A man in France is on trial for allegedly raping and torturing his lesbian sister and her girlfriends. Samy M reportedly lured his sister and her friends to the river Drôme, where he sexually abused and tortured the women. He is said to have used a razor to cut a 'permanent smile' on his sister's girlfriend's face. Her scars are still evident and will likely disfigure the victim for life.
There has been an alarming rise in reported hate crimes across the globe. Earlier this month, a homophobic commuter punched a gay passenger in the head on a J train in Brooklyn. In June this year, Nathaniel Veltman, a 20-year-old pickup truck driver, mowed down a Muslim family of four in a purported 'hate crime' in Ontario, Canada. The following month, Boston man Khaled Awad was been arraigned on assault charges after he brutally stabbed a rabbi on July 1.
Samy M has been on trial since Monday, September 27, at the Drôme Regional Court in Valence for the December 2018 crimes. As mentioned, he abducted and raped his then 24-year-old sister, who had left the family home in Bourg-de-Péage a month earlier, Les Observateurs reported. The man attacked his sibling after finding out she was having an intimate relationship with a woman, thereby going against the doctrine of Islam. Samy M was armed and hooded when he forced the victims to a deserted place, beat them, forced them to kneel down, and subsequently carved deep cuts on both cheeks of his sister's girlfriend with a razor. “I will make you smile forever," he allegedly told them, per the victims' testimony in court.
The attacker was accused of having carried out the abuse “because of the sexual orientation” of the young women, as affirmed by the three victims in the case. They said Samy M claimed that “a woman has to date a man and that this [homosexuality, editor’s note] is not done among Muslims." According to the report, a tendency towards homophobia was displayed by the suspect in prison, but he has since denied the allegation. The three young women were notably traumatized following the harrowing ordeal. One of them was reportedly constantly trembling, the second had breathing issues, while the third was treated by the fire brigade after she had a panic attack.
In July, MEAWW reported how 24-year-old Khaled Awad brutally stabbed a rabbi in Boston in a possible hate crime incident. Awad reportedly approached Shlomo Noginski with a gun and told him to get into the school's van. Noginksi then ran away and Awad gave chase. On catching up with the rabbi, Awad stabbed him several times and ran away. He was confronted in a nearby alleyway by Boston PD, who managed to arrest him without incident. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer after he reportedly kicked an officer while being taken in a transport vehicle for booking.
Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins did not rule out hate crime. On July 3, she said, "I think people don’t believe there is a rise in antisemitism and it’s very, very real." She added, "It is important that we understand what the motives of this hate, of this violence are. An investigation is underway to determine whether this is a hate crime or not, and we will get the answers we seek." The announcement came shortly after Jewish leaders held a vigil for Noginksi, and called for the case to be investigated as a hate crime. Their calls gained momentum after support from the civil rights group Anti-Defamation League (ADL).