Parolee misses half­way-house date

WANTED: He killed trans­gen­dered hooker in 2003

The Province - - NEWS - BY SAM COOPER STAFF RE­PORTER

Po­lice be­lieve a man con­victed of killing a trans­gen­dered pros­ti­tute may be on the loose in the Down­town East­side.

Af­ter 35-year-old Jatin Pa­tel failed to re­port to his half­way house on Sept. 10, a Canada-wide ar­rest war­rant was is­sued. Pa­tel — a.k.a. “Lit­tle J” — was con­victed of man­slaugh­ter for the 2003 slay­ing of a 40-year-old trans­gen­dered pros­ti­tute in North Van­cou­ver.

Pa­tel’s pa­role con­di­tions state he is not al­lowed to be in or near lo­ca­tions where pros­ti­tutes work.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Pa­tel told po­lice he “freaked out” while he was with the pros­ti­tute, and killed her.

Pa­tel ar­rived in Canada on May 27, 2003, af­ter he’d served a 60month jail term in the U.S.

He checked into a North Van­cou­ver ho­tel and cabbed to Van­cou­ver, where he picked up sex­trade worker Shelby Tracey Tom, and re­turned to his ho­tel for sex.

When Pa­tel de­ter­mined Tom was trans­sex­ual he as­saulted and killed her. He placed her naked body in the ho­tel-room closet and cov­ered her with linen.

With the body still in the room, Pa­tel went out to the mo­tel lobby and struck up a con­ver­sa­tion with an­other woman named Kara Martin, paid her $100 to buy some co­caine, re­turned to the room with her and had sex.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Pa­tel ad­mit­ted the crime to Martin.

The North Shore News re­ported that, in court, Pa­tel’s de­fence lawyer Brian Cole­man said Pa­tel had been sex­u­ally as­saulted by men while in a U.S. jail.

“Any male can ap­pre­ci­ate the sig­nif­i­cance of what hap­pened to Pa­tel,” Cole­man said in court. “If he’d known in ad­vance Ms. Tom was a trans­gen­dered in­di­vid­ual, he would likely have said ‘thank you but no thank you.’ ”

Pa­tel was charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of man­slaugh­ter.

Pa­tel is de­scribed as Indo-Cana­dian, five feet two inches and 130 pounds.

He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a scar on his ab­domen. He has a large tat­too of an In­dian god on his up­per back.

“It is thought Pa­tel may be in Van­cou­ver’s Down­town East­side,” said VPD Const. Lind­sey Houghton.

— PO­LICE HAND­OUT

JATIN PA­TEL

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