Online date holds woman hostage at knife-point and brags about his role in homophobic murder

Alexander Kindred, 26, held his Tinder date hostage at knife-point inside her own home. The victim managed to escape by faking a visit to the toilet and then called the cops

                            Online date holds woman hostage at knife-point and brags about his role in homophobic murder
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In a Tinder date turned horror show, a man bragged to his date about his role in a homophobic murder while holding a knife to her face before trashing her house and threatening to blow up apartments and kill police officers. In order to escape 26-year-old Alexander Kindred's captivity after he staged a siege for several hours in her home, the woman fled from her date by faking a visit to the toilet. 

Alexander met the woman on Tinder and she subsequently invited him to her residence. The brash 26-year-old was involved in a notorious homophobic murder in Perth back in 2007, according to The Scottish Sun.

The victim revealed the nightmare from start to end at Perth Sheriff Court as Kindred and the offender admitted to threatening or abusive behavior while sitting in the dock.

Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told the court: “The complainer and the accused made contact on the Tinder app two weeks prior to this and agreed to meet. They met at her address and consumed alcohol. Two members of her family arrived during the evening to make sure she was OK. They all had a drink together.

“She felt he was acting strangely and did not like some of the language he was using. The family members left. He began to open up and disclose details of a personal nature and he told her he and his friends once killed a man. She told him she could not help him. A neighbor heard the accused shouting and the complainer trying to calm him down. He removed a kitchen knife from his pocket.”

Kindred was reportedly mumbling threats to an unknown man while brandishing his knife, according to Whyte, saying: “You don’t know what I’m capable of. I’m going to f****** kill him.

The aggressor then thought he had lost his phone and grew more upset. The victim offered to help find it. It was then that Kindred apologized for his behavior and handed over the knife to her.

He said: “You think I’m like all the other guys?”

Whyte said: “She was frightened and pretended to visit the toilet, but fled from the flat.” 

The victim's sister Googled the accused's name and found out about his violent past as she reached her home.

“She was very concerned for her sister. She tried to message her but did not get a reply. She went out and saw the complainer, hysterical and upset, running towards her.”

Shortly after midnight, law enforcement authorities showed up at her apartment. Kindred even threatened the responding officers by telling them he had “shotguns and crossbows.”

“He said he would shoot the officers if they tried to gain entry. The door was locked. He made threats to blow up the block of flats. He said he was trying to set it and his T-shirt on fire. He was heard smashing up items within the property,” Whyte said. “He said the flat was set with traps.” Kindred told police: “I’m going to take you out. I will stab and shoot you.”

As the siege continued for several hours, Kindred did not let the woman return to her apartment. All the while, trained negotiators, and a fully armed police response unit surrounded the house until he finally surrendered.

 The 'Tinder' app logo is seen amongst other dating apps on a mobile phone screen on November 24, 2016, in London, England. Following a number of deaths linked to the use of anonymous online dating apps, the police have warned users to be aware of the risks involved, following the growth in the scale of violence and sexual assaults linked to their use. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)


Now a prisoner in Perth, Kindred admitted to repeatedly using threats of violence, brandishing a knife, throwing household items and damaging the victim's property on April 13 and 14.

While he was at the woman's residence in Alyth, Kindred admittedly threatened to blow up a block of apartments and set himself on fire. As mentioned previously, he also threatened to kill police officers during his tirade.

Sheriff William Wood remarked while deferring sentence for reports: “It is very serious and custody has to be uppermost in my mind.”

Back in 2007, the obese thug, who was a schoolboy then, boasted about leaving his gay victim dying in a pool of blood. At the time, Kindred admitted to punching a mild-mannered Jim Kerr in the face and then summoned his pals to beat him to death. When the unprovoked assault took place, Kindred was only 15 years old, and hence his identity was protected.

After he turned 16, Sunday Mail revealed his criminal background. The then-teenager was jailed for a year for assault. His adult accomplices, 19-year-old David Meehan and 22-year-old Martin Soutar, however, received full sentences. Meehan was jailed for life after admitting murder while Soutar got six years for culpable homicide.

Alexander's father, a hauler who named his son after him, is still in jail after being convicted of a bid to smuggle four million cigarettes into the UK.

After committing the heinous crime, the trio went to a party where Kindred assumed bragging rights, telling everyone: "A p*** tried it on with me and I hit him."

Kindred was released for his part in the assault soon after, owing to his age. At the time, a neighbor had said on condition of anonymity that Kindred "acts as if he doesn't have a care in the world."