A gay man who was enjoying the warmth of St. Leon’s Hot Springs in British Columbia with his partner was viciously beaten by a man identified as “Terry” who arrived at the springs with another man and woman. The attack began after the assailant learned the couple was gay. While the victim sustained cuts and bruising to most of his body as he pleaded with his attacker, his companion managed to flee to the woods for safety. The man eventually took off his his friends on snowmobiles. Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime.