Joth Wilson fall: Doubts over gay hate crime story

Police say they do not suspect criminal involvement in the case of a badly injured New Zealand man in Australia.

Joth Wilson is on life support in Brisbane, Queensland after being found "mangled" under a bridge early on New Year's Day in the town of Gladstone.

His husband Maioha Tokotaua told the Daily Mail Australia Mr Wilson went out to buy cigarettes on New Year's Eve and never returned.

He alleged Mr Wilson had rejected a married man's advances and that his injuries - including a broken neck, back, ribs and burns to half of his body - were a result of foul play.

The 25-year-old reportedly also suffered a brain haemorrhage and severed spinal cord.

Mr Tokotaua said the married man attacked to prevent his wife from finding out about the sexual advances.

He told the Daily Mail Australia: "There's just no motive for the attack other than they were intimidated that we might tell their families."

The report has since been picked up by some New Zealand media outlets.

But Queensland police told Newshub that while they had not confirmed what caused Mr Wilson's injuries, they were consistent with electrical burns from the train line.

They said they were "not actively pursuing" Mr Tokotaua's version of events.

Mr Wilson was involved in a separate incident on Boxing Day, in which he climbed onto the roof of a stadium until he was talked down by police.

In the lead-up to Christmas, Mr Tokotaua made a series of statements on Facebook that appeared to contradict elements of the hate-crime story told to media.  

On December 22, he accused an acquaintance, Vincent Robinson, of leading a gang that beat his husband with golf clubs. He also claimed $2000 of his money had been stolen.

On January 3, Mr Tokotaua claimed Mr Robinson attacked and tortured his husband again, and "made it look like he jumped off the bypass on to the train tracks". 

Mr Robinson told Newshub that he had not been involved at all.

"Now we have a whole nation turning on us for something we weren't even part of," he said.

He said police had not spoken to him about the incident.

"If there was any truth or depth, I think I'd be in a little bit of trouble," Mr Robinson said.

Police said they were waiting to speak to Mr Wilson after his surgery. 

Mr Tokotaua's Facebook page indicates he has been at Mr Wilson's Brisbane hospital bedside since the incident.


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