Eighteen-year-old Daniel Kurmelov of Manchester, UK, admitted to choking Frank Lennon, 53, during a sex game, but denies murdering him and claimed his death was accidental.
The pair met when Kurmelov was asked to leave The Eagle bar in Manchester’s Gay Village for being too drunk. He then bumped into Lennon on the street who invited the teen to strangle him for ‘masochistic pleasure.’
via Gay Star News:
Kurmelovs, who identifies as bisexual, accepted and the two went back to Lennon’s apartment in Collyhurst, where the man lived alone following his long-term partner’s death.
The defendant said he ‘couldn’t go home’ because he was too intoxicated.
When the victim asked Kurmelovs to choke him, the teenager originally refused, but then accepted.
Kurmelovs strangled Lennon, who was lay face down on the floor, about five or six times ‘on and off’, the defendant said. He first used his hands then later a scarf.
The defendant said Lennon told him ‘not to stop’ but then he ‘just hit the floor’.
Although Kurmelov maintains it was an accident, there are several factors which suggest otherwise.
When Lennon’s sibling found him the next day, they say he suffered broken ribs and cuts to his right ear, inflicted after his death, (which a pathologist confirmed).
Kurmelovs said that he cut Lennon’s ear with scissors, ‘to check if he was still alive’.
‘Then I just got really really angry and annoyed. That’s when I ransacked the place.’
The items that had been stolen from Lennon’s flat included Lennon’s watch, crucifix neck chain 5,000 cigarettes the man had previously bought in Ibiza, Spain.
Hmmm. Those are some very odd details, indeed. (Photo: Great Manchester Police)