Veteran tied to bed and attacked by male lover who feared affair being exposed
A veteran was tied to his bed and attacked by his male lover who was afraid their secret relationship would be revealed.
Dylan Upton, 21, had a long-term girlfriend but was also having sex and taking drugs with an unnamed older Army veteran he had met on Grindr.
The two were together for six months until one evening in 2019 when Upton flew into a violent rage.
Manchester Crown Court heard he became angry after discovering photos of the two together on the man's phone, and was concerned about others finding out about the relationship.
After tying the man's wrists and ankle to his bed so that he was lying face down, Upton began punching him in the head and strangling him.
He threatened the man and demanded money, holding a knife to his throat and saying his friends would put "petrol through his letterbox".
When Upton left the room the man was able to break free, but he soon returned and pinned him to the bed.
He demanded the man's keys to a safe containing his Falklands War medal, a laptop, foreign money and family photos.
Upton then ordered the man to crawl down the stairs and say "I am a pervert" while he recorded him on his phone.
The victim was then barricaded into a toilet while Upton raided the house, cutting phone lines, breaking the burglar alarm and leaving the property "devastated".
The man's car was also stolen.
He complained to police after being persuaded to by a friend, and was found to have suffered 20 different "sites of external injury" during his ordeal, including a cut lip which has left him with a permanent scar.
Upton initially denied knowing the man but his DNA was found on a toothbrush at his home.
In a statement read to the court by prosecutor Justin Hayhoe, the victim said he has considered killing himself since the horrific ordeal.
"It's the last thing I think of at night," he said.
"When I eventually get to sleep it's the first thing I think of in the morning."
He's been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder for which he takes medication, and plans to quit his job and move away from Manchester.
He described Upton's behaviour as "wicked" and "inexcusable" and hopes he will reveal what happened to his "priceless" war medal which still hasn't been recovered.
Upton, who appeared in court for burglary as a 12-year-old and for a racist incident when he was 16, pleaded guilty to robbery and on Friday was jailed for 11 years and eight months.
Defending, Amanda Johnson said Upton suffered a "complete loss of temper", and that he was "very concerned about this homosexual relationship being in some way publicised or broadcast".
At the time of the incident, he had "spiralled out of control", had engaged in drug-taking and "risk-taking behaviour", she said.
Upton has been issued with a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim indefinitely.
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