A UK man on trial for planning a violent attack on a gay bar came out as bisexual on the witness stand.
Police arrested Ethan Stables last June after receiving a tip about his plan to attack the New Empire pub in Cumbria with a machete, knives, an axe, and an air rifle. Stables, 20, was reportedly “enraged” the bar was celebrating Pride.
“I’m going to war tonight,” he wrote on a white supremacist message board. “I’m going to walk in with a fucking machete and slaughter every single one.”
“I’ve had enough. I don’t want to live in a gay world,” he added. “Tonight is going to be a good night and the beginning of the end.”
— Amy Fenton (@amyfentonNWEM) January 23, 2018
Stables is pleading not guilty to charges of planning a terrorist attack. At trial, He claimed the plot was just something he dreamed up to impress his right-wing friends.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford has described Stables as a “white supremacist and Nazi [with] a deep-seated hatred of black, Jewish, Muslim, and especially gay people.”
Asked if he was homophobic, though, the defendant replied, “Actually, I am bisexual.”
Ethan Stables has just revealed to the jury he is bisexual
— Amy Fenton (@amyfentonNWEM) January 30, 2018
Stables claimed to have had a gay sexual encounter and was “ashamed” of the things he’d written. “I just wish I could turn the clock back,” he told jurors Tuesday. “I’m sorry.”