A Florida man who claimed he was brutally beaten and left permanently blind by the family of his ex-boyfriend said he thought he was about to die during the attack, according to a new report.
The 31-year-old unidentified victim told WSVN-TV in an interview this week that her boyfriend, 21-year-old Oleh Makarenko, told her that her parents found out about their relationship and were furious.
During the two-week relationship hiatus, prosecutors say, Oleh and her parents, Inna Makarenko, 44, and Yevgen Makarenko, 43, appeared at the victim’s home in Pompano Beach in August.
The victim said that Oleh had turned against her and had joined her parents in the attack.
“I was thinking I was going to die and there was no way I could get out there alive,” the man – now permanently blind – told the outlet.
According to prosecutors, Inna and Yevgeny Makarenko, who accused the victim of making their son homosexual, are facing charges of attempted murder along with their child.
,[Oleh] Was a little scared of his family or very scared of his family,” the victim told officials, according to the outlet. “He was telling me that his father was treating him like he wasn’t even his child, that his mother was trying to force him to marry a girl, and that I was told by his mother. Quoting what happened. She wanted…force her to marry a girl to ‘take it all’ [expletive] out of his head.'”
Oleh, whom she calls Alex, and the parents confront her before the attack.
“Alex Told Me He Hates Me, And I Said” [his parents]Like, ‘Unfortunately, whatever you do, it’s not going to change that your son is gay. I’m sorry, but your son is gay,'” he recalled.
The man initially told officers that he suffered serious injuries after falling during a drunken episode, before later regaining his memory of the incident and pressing charges.
The Makarenkos have pleaded not guilty, and their lawyers have denied that they were involved in any of the attacks.